Taiwan says no threat to shoot PCG, cites mutual language barriers

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Philippines, Taiwanese office handling foreign affairs in countries with diplomatic relations with People’s Republic of China, released a statement regarding the recent incident between Philippine Coast Guard-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (PCG-BFAR) and Taiwanese Coast Guard. TECO said no Taiwanese personnel threatened to shoot Filipinos.

“Actually, they greeted each other in a friendly atmosphere. The allegation was simply attributable to mutual language barriers and miscommunication,” TECO said in a statement.

The Taiwanese office said that “the incident happened in the disputed waters of the overlapping exclusive economic zones [between] Taiwan and the Philippines, not inside the Philippine territorial waters.”

The incident happened May 25 when a PCG-BFAR vessel was towing a Taiwanese fishing boat and a Taiwan Coast Guard cutter, with bow number 118, appeared and blocked the path of the PCG-BFAR ship. After four hours of negotiation, PCG operatives as instructed by BFAR officers in the boat, released the fishing boat.