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Taiwan Begins Military Drills Near Philippines

Taiwan's navy load Standard Type II surface-to-air missiles on the rear of a Kidd-class destroyer during exercises off of the southern city of Kaohsiung,Taiwan, May 16, 2013.
Taiwan's navy load Standard Type II surface-to-air missiles on the rear of a Kidd-class destroyer during exercises off of the southern city of Kaohsiung,Taiwan, May 16, 2013.
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A diplomatic dispute between Taiwan and the Philippines intensified Thursday, as Taipei began a military exercise in the disputed waters between both countries.

The air and naval drills in the Bashi Channel come a week after the Philippines Coast Guard shot dead a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman, prompting outrage in Taiwan.


The family of the fisherman and Taiwanese officials have refused to meet the Philippine president's personal representative who was sent to Taiwan to apologize for the death.

Taiwan's premier Jiang Yi-huah rejected the apology of President Benigno Aquino because it referred to the shooting as "unfortunate" and "unintentional." Taiwan also rejected an earlier statement of regret by a lower-ranking official.

Taiwan has imposed sanctions on the Philippines, including recalling its envoy to Manila and freezing job permits for Philippines workers.

A State Department spokesman says the U.S. is concerned by increased tensions between two neighboring democracies and close American allies. It urges both to clarify disagreements and ensure maritime safety.

The Philippines Coast Guard said it was acting in self-defense in last Thursday's incident, because it said the fisherman's boat was about to ram the coast guard vessel. Taiwan has rejected those charges.

Taiwan and the Philippines, along with Brunei, China, Malaysia, and Vietnam all have competing claims to parts of the sea, which may be rich in oil and natural gas.

  • A helicopter takes off from the stern of a Taiwanese Lafayette frigate during exercises off the southern city of Kaohsiung,Taiwan, May 16, 2013.
  • An officer flashes hand signals to a passing helicopter from the stern of a Taiwanese Kidd-class destroyer during exercises off the southern city of Kaohsiung,Taiwan, May 16, 2013.
  • A crew member keeps an eye on the horizon at dawn during exercises off the southern city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 16, 2013.
  • Taiwan naval personnel take part during a joint military drill on a Kidd-class destroyer outside a naval base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 15, 2013.

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by: kingrobertscot from: Hong Kong
May 20, 2013 11:03 AM
The latest is that the Philippines media have used Xinjiang riot photos as "proof" of Taiwanese attacking Filipinos. Gee, the times are getting more and more desperate for the Philippines, aren't they? They are clutching at straws now.

by: kingrobertscot from: Hong Kong
May 20, 2013 4:55 AM
It speaks volumes that two places in Asia have now issued travel warnings against the Philippines, a place where honour and integrity are sadly all but alien terms.

by: kingrobertscot from: Hong Kong
May 20, 2013 4:23 AM
It beggars belief that any civilised nation's coast guard would so freely admit to shooting dead an unarmed civilian and yet not apologise for it. Now you can't get more despicable than that!

by: kingrobertscot from: Hong Kong
May 20, 2013 3:41 AM
It's ironic and perplexing that a president who had been shot 5 times in the past and with a bullet still embedded in his neck, would show such scant indifference and insensitivity to fellow innocent gun victims in both his appearance and his actions. He has demonstrated this time and time again. First, in the Manila hostage crisis nearly three years ago. This time in the Bashi Channel.

by: Art Chang from: Taiwan
May 19, 2013 9:36 AM
The news is clearly very bias. Did you just take word for word what Philipines Coast Guard was saying? The news left out an UNARMED fisherman was shot dead. 54 holes were found on the fisherman's boat. The sneaky Philippines government kept on changing version of stories and did not want to disclose recorded video to public to prove as an evidence. Secondly, the naval drills don't have bullets in them.
It angered Taiwanese because this was not first incident Philippines Coast Guard killed innocence. Voice of America should be changed to VOICE FOR Philippines.

by: Seato
May 18, 2013 6:34 AM
The Taiwanese might think that Taiwan is a separate country,but China has always insisted Taiwan is an undisputable part of it.Different countries they may be,but it is an undebatable fact that they are both Chinese and have a common goal,striving to bring 80% of the South China Sea under their control.Both countties have recently tried to cooperate on a joint exploration for natural resourses and fish stocks in the South China Sea.Basically,join forces to rob these from their neighbours,and they always back each others on this issue despite the fact that these areas don't belong to China in the first place
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by: Cinnasu from: HongKong
May 18, 2013 2:08 PM
But according to what was happened, it is now the Philippines tried so hard to rob its neighbors again and again, kill people one and another (it should be noticed that Hung is not the first victim of Philippine Coast Guard). What will your government do if one of your citizen being killed by Philippine without any reason? Will you accept an apology that said it was an accident to shoot the man by more than 50 bullets and it wasn't its fault ? And now you see the killer even tried to turn itself into victim!

by: Clarkann from: Taiwan
May 18, 2013 2:49 AM
Hey, Please take a look at this video if you want some facts and no more hypocrisy.
"2 Minutes, One Fact—What Philippine Government Did and Said to Taiwan"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5JzRUQZdwo

1. The killing was intentional judging by the excessive bullet-holes on the fisherman's boat.
2. Let the facts talk. The killing took place NOT in the Philippine territory. According to the navigation state recorder of the fisherman's boat, the killing happened in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Taiwan.
3. What did the Philippine representative say as an "apology"? a. During the press conference, the representative put great emphasis on the word "unintentional" in his statement. Despite all the evidence, he/they did not and have not admit the murder conducted by the Philippine naval vessel. b. The Philippine Gov't offered to ask "their people" for "donation" to the Taiwanese victim's family. Anyone see the problem? See how they played with words? And how shameful a government can be by asking its innocent people to suffer over its own wrong doings.

Doing the military drills is not to bully anyone. Taiwan just want to show our determination and let the Philippine gov't to stop their frivolous attitude, and be serious about this matter by agreeing to carry out unbiased investigation, and, most important of all, to work together to prevent such kind of tragedy from ever happening again.

by: liouds from: Taiwan
May 18, 2013 12:17 AM
2 Minutes, One Fact—What Philippine Government Did and Said to Taiwan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5JzRUQZdwo

by: Fisherman from: USA
May 17, 2013 8:25 PM
The fact is a Poor Taiwanese fisherman has bee kill. The Murderer did this using more than 50 bullets in international recognized public domain sea, though both Taiwan and Philippine claim their ownership in this region.

Those of you who solely blame Chinese's fault and even insult this race as idiot must be reminded that
God is watching you and your should be responsible for your deed and statement in the after life.



by: apple lee from: taiwan
May 17, 2013 11:27 AM
its the truth about philippines and taiwan
im apple lee from taiwan
no matter where you 're from ...
please share and share .
by the way
we don't hate philipino people . thats not their fault
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