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.