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Coast Guard Administration to open new base in northern Taiwan

Coast Guard Administration to open new base in northern Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Saturday that it will open a new base in northern Taiwan next year, a move expected to strengthen the Coast Guard's enforcement of maritime law, especially in disputed waters north of Taiwan. The new base at Taipei Port in New Taipei is expected to begin operations in May 2016, and will include the home port of CGA's major vessels, it said. The construction of the base comes amid disputes in waters surrounding the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea and other areas northwest of Taiwan. It is expected to help the Taiwanese Coast Guard respond quickly to fishing disputes, foreign vessels that trespass in Taiwanese waters to fish and other emergencies. The Diaoyutais, some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, have been under Japan's administrative control since 1972 but are also claimed by Taiwan and China. Tensions between Taiwan and Japan were at a high point in 2012 over competing territorial claims to the uninhabited island chain. Coast guard vessels from Taiwan and Japan sparred in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in October that year. There have also been constant confrontations between Japan and China in the disputed area. The base, which will cover an area of 5.96 hectares, will include a harbor 638 meters long and nine meters deep, where the CGA's 3,000-ton patrol and rescue ship will be able to dock, the agency said. The CGA's other 500-ton, 2,000-ton, 1000-ton vessels will also be able to dock at the harbor inside the new base, a source said. The base is part of the CGA's efforts to strengthen its patrolling capabilities in waters around Taiwan. It already has a base in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan and is planning to build another base in central Taiwan, the agency said. In northern Taiwan, the CGA currently has a base in the Port of Keelung, which will be moved to Taipei Port once the new facility is completed. (By Liu Chien-pang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:58 GMT+08:00