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Taiwan recalls envoy, suspends hiring over Philippine row
時間 2013年05月15日 Wed. PM 04:06:08
BBC News, Taipei
Taiwan's action reflects the outrage Taiwanese people feel not only at the death of the fisherman but at the perceived inadequate response from Manila.
This is not the first clash between the two - in recent years, Philippine authorities have detained numerous Taiwanese fishermen and confiscated their boats, with at least one other shooting that resulted in a fisherman's death.
Experts say underlying these clashes is long-time resentment in the Philippines over Taiwan's bigger and more sophisticated fishing industry, which is able to tap the marine resources near the Philippines in ways its fishermen cannot.
Another root cause for conflict is that the two sides are located so close to each other that their exclusive economic zones overlap. They have never negotiated a sea border, partly because the Philippines recognises China, not Taiwan. Beijing is unhappy when other countries sign territorial deals with Taiwan, which it considers its province.
Taiwan's president has called for competing claimants in the East China Sea and South China Sea to put aside territorial disputes, agree a code of conduct and joint exploration of resources to prevent this kind of incident happening.
Now, Taiwan wants to not only seek justice for the dead fisherman's family, but also hassle-free fishing for its crews and a more lasting solution to the problem.
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