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Taiwan, Japan in high-seas standoff

BUSY WATERS:Scores of fishing vessels were escorted by 10 coast guard ships as they confronted 21 Japanese coast guard ships, with five Chinese patrol ships nearby

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of National Defense said the navy dispatched one Cheng Kung and two Chi Yang-class frigates in waters off the coast of northeastern Taiwan in support of the Taiwanese fishing boats. Several sorties of F-16 and Mirage 2000 fighters also monitored the situation while conducting routine reconnaissance missions.

The island chain has been a traditional fishing ground of Taiwanese fishermen for several decades, but they have been harassed and chased away by Japanese coast guard ships in recent years.

Taiwan and Japan have held 16 rounds of fisheries talks to try to solve the dispute, to no avail.

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