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Philippines should have been apologetic from outset: U.S. expert

Philippines should have been apologetic from outset: U.S. expert

Washington, May 21 (CNA) The ongoing diplomatic row between Taiwan and the Philippines would have been alleviated had Manila adopted a more apologetic stance from the beginning, Kenneth Weinstein, head of a U.S. think tank, said Tuesday. Weinstein, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based Hudson Institute, said that "it would have been better to have the Philippine government react more apologetically at the outset, certainly, to have accepted a mutual investigation." "That would have made things easier and cooled things down from the outset," he said, while urging the two countries not to let the tension escalate, which will hurt their common interests. Weinstein called for a mutual and unbiased investigation to help resolve the dispute over the May 9 killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine government employees. He also pointed out that the recent fishery agreement between Taiwan and Japan is a good example of how to work things out and that talks between Taiwan and the Philippines on the issue are "certainly desirable." "This is a headache between U.S. allies that the U.S. does not want," Weinstein said. "It's a very complicated region," he went on, adding that Taiwan needs to handle its fishing rights properly. (By Tony Liao and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-05-11 16:51 GMT+08:00