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MECO chairman says he never linked shooting, 'one China policy'

MECO chairman says he never linked shooting, 'one China policy'

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said Tuesday in a letter to Taiwan's Foreign Ministry that he never mentioned Manila's "one-China policy" in connection with the Philippines' attack on a Taiwanese fishing boat. MECO Chairman Amadeo Perez, who has expressed concerns that Taiwan's media was heating things up in the diplomatic standoff over the May 9 attack, wrote the letter to prevent further misunderstanding between Taiwan and the Philippines. According to an AFP report on May 20, Perez said in an interview with DZMM radio in the Philippines that his country was waiting for tempers in Taiwan to cool before settling the dispute but issues like Manila's "one-China" policy and comments by Taiwanese investigators branding the incident as murder had complicated the situation. Perez also said Taiwan wanted Aquino to personally write a letter of apology, which could be considered a violation of Manila's one-China policy, according to the report. In his letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, Perez said he never raised the "one-China policy" in a public statement or in media interviews on the attack, which left a Taiwanese fisherman dead, fueling anger in Taiwan, according to the ministry. Under its "one China" policy, the Philippines sees Taiwan as a part of the People's Republic of China rather than as a sovereign country. (By Chen Pei-huang and Maia Huang)


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:42 GMT+08:00