Taiwan's military drills in disputed waters to step up pressure on Manila

Some 200 Taiwanese gathered outside the Philippines representative office in Taipei on Monday to protest the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippines coast guard in disputed waters between Taiwan and the northern Philippines. Photo: AP

Taiwan would stage military drills to step up pressure on Manila over the killing of a fisherman last week, it said yesterday as angry protesters burned the Philippine flag in front of Manila's representative office in Taipei.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 7:17am

Beijing urges Philippines to 'thoroughly investigate' killing

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei during a news conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Beijing would give Taiwan its strong backing if tensions triggered by the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard last week continue to escalate, analysts said yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 4:36am 1 comment

Taiwanese fishermen burn Filipino flags in protest over shooting

Angry Taiwanese fishermen set fire to Filipino flags during a protest in Taipei on Monday against the shooting to death of a local fisherman by Philippine coastguards. Photo: AFP

Angry Taiwanese fishermen burned Filipino flags in protest on Monday after the Philippine coastguard fired on a Taiwan fishing boat killing a crew member.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino called for calm as tensions escalated between the two countries over last week’s incident in which the 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead.

13 May 2013 - 7:13pm 4 comments

Taiwan steps up naval patrols after Philippines fires on fishing vessel

A Taiwanese coastguard official waves his cap as a fleet of naval and coast guard frigates sets sail from Kaohsiung. Photo: AFP

Taiwan sent four coastguard and naval vessels to strengthen patrols in waters near the Philippines yesterday following public outrage over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coastguards.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines refuses to apologise as fisherman's body returns to Taiwan

Relatives of Hung Shih-cheng, a crew member on Taiwanese fishing boat Guang Ta Hsin 28, grieve over his body at Liuqiu harbour in Taiwan's southern Pingtung county yesterday. He was shot dead by the Philippine coastguard on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A fishing trawler that was fired on by the Philippines' coastguard limped back to Taiwan yesterday, riddled with more than 50 bullet holes and carrying the body of a 65-year-old crew member.

12 May 2013 - 6:13am 50 comments

Philippines admits coastguard fired at Taiwanese fishing boat

The Guang Ta Hsin 28 fishing vessel at a harbour of Liuqiu before it allegedly came under fire from a Philippine government boat. Taiwan is demanding the Philippines probe the death of a fisherman on the boat. Photo: AFP

The Philippines yesterday admitted that its coastguard fired at a Taiwanese fishing boat on Thursday, but said the action took place within its waters and that it had no idea it had killed one of the four crewmen on the boat.

11 May 2013 - 4:57am 15 comments

Killing of fisherman leads to inquiry call by Taiwan

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taipei expressed its "grave concern" to Manila yesterday after a Taiwanese fisherman was killed by armed men aboard a Philippine vessel. The incident in waters 164 nautical miles off the southernmost tip of Taiwan came as the Philippine navy intensified its patrols after Beijing reportedly sent one of its largest fishing fleets to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

10 May 2013 - 5:10am 1 comment

Questions over impartiality of judicial system in Taiwan

A sign erected by a TV station outside a Taipei district court during the trial of Lin Yi-shih, who was found guilty of extortion. Photo: AFP

The recent acquittal of a former top aide of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on corruption charges has been widely criticised by the media and the public, with fresh concerns raised about the long disputed impartiality of the island's judicial system.

8 May 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

Former cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin visits 'old friends' in Taiwan

Chen Yunlin in 2011. Photo: AFP

The mainland's former top cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin arrived in Taipei yesterday for an eight-day visit, his first since retiring as head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats) on April 26.

7 May 2013 - 11:13am

Taiwan, Japan begin talks on commission to regulate Diaoyus fishery

A Japanese coast guard ship turns its water cannon on a boat carrying Taiwanese activists 32km from the disputed islands. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan and Japan started a closed-door meeting in Tokyo yesterday to discuss the formation of a fishing commission to address issues in disputed waters in the East China Sea.

2 May 2013 - 4:20am

Former Ma Ying-jeou aide Lin Yi-shih jailed for extortion

Lin Yi-shih, former cabinet secretary-general and a vice chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, gestures at a police station in Taipei. Photo: AFP

A former top aide of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was sentenced yesterday to seven years and four months in jail for using his position as a legislator to make illicit gains, and for failing to explain the sources of his wealth.

1 May 2013 - 5:07am 1 comment

Taiwan disappoints with slowing growth rate

Taiwan's gross domestic product rose 1.54 per cent in the three months to March from a year earlier, after increasing 3.72 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year. Photo: AFP

Taiwan's economy expanded at a slower pace than economists estimated in the first quarter as a faltering global recovery hurt exports, increasing pressure on the central bank to extend an interest-rate pause to aid growth.

1 May 2013 - 3:46am

Taiwan's president rules out seeking independence

Ma Ying-jeou with a mural of the "Wang-Koo summit" yesterday. Photo: AFP

Reiterating that his mainland policy falls within the "framework of the Republic of China [Taiwan's official title] constitution", Ma said his administration maintains that the interests of the Taiwanese people must always come first. When it comes to handling cross-strait issues, his government would continue to address issues based on how easily they may be handled. Therefore, tackling economic issues would take priority in his cross-strait policy before turning to political issues.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:34am

DPP's Chiu Yi-ying's kick on justice minister's door causes political stir

Chiu Yi-ying kicks the office door of Taiwan Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu. Photo: SCMP

While Chiu Yi-ying, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, could face a lawsuit, analysts said her action could best explain why Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been able to avoid becoming a lame duck, despite mounting criticism of his administration.

30 Apr 2013 - 7:04am

New head of Taiwan ties, Chen Deming, says economy takes priority

Chen Deming seeks talks soon

The deepening of cross-strait economic co-operation and the push for political dialogue will be among the major priorities for the mainland's new top negotiator with Taiwan. Former commerce minister Chen Deming outlined his agenda yesterday after he was named head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (Arats), which represents the mainland in talks with Taiwan in the absence of formal ties.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:38am