Skooter reports 05/11/13
A Taiwanese fisherman was shot and killed in disputed waters and Taiwan has demanded an explanation and apology from the Philippines. The Philippine coastguard admitted that it had fired at the boat with the aim of disabling its machinery.
A spokesman said that if somebody died, they deserve our sympathy but not an apology. The incident happened early on Thursday 170 miles or 315 km south of Taiwan, killing Hung Shih-cheng, 65. Vessels were sent by Taiwan coast guard to the area, in waters both sides lie within their 200-nautical-mile from shore exclusive economic zone to aid fishing crew.
The Philippine government was urged by Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin to "open a full investigation" into the shooting, which he condemned "strongly". Meanwhile, Philippine coastguard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said that the incident happened within Philippine territory and that the officers had a duty to deter illegal fishing.
Reports from Taipei says that Taiwanese fishermen have been arrested in the area and detained by the Philippine authorities in the past, but this is the first incident that shootings have occurred.
Xinhua news agency said that the Chinese foreign ministry also condemned the shooting and called for an investigation.