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Ma orders Coast Guard to increase patrols around Tiaoyutais

Ma orders Coast Guard to increase patrols around Tiaoyutais

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday instructed the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) to strengthen operations aimed at protecting Taiwanese fishing boats in waters surrounding the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands, ordering CGA vessels to be in the area every day during fishing season. "The Coast Guard must protect the safety of our fishermen and safeguard their rights and benefits," Ma said at a meeting of the ruling Kuomintang's Central Standing Committee. "The CGA should not just patrol the area around the Tiaoyutais occasionally; they should do so every month throughout the year," said Ma, who doubles as the party's chairman. During the fishing season, patrols must be launched almost every day, he stressed. The Tiaoyutai Islands, which lie about 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, are currently controlled by Japan but are also claimed by Taiwan and China. Taiwan has beefed up its claim over the island group in the East China Sea following Japan's recent attempts to nationalize the cluster it calls the Senkakus by buying three of them that are privately owned. (By Lee Shu-hua and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:37 GMT+08:00