The talks Taipei has had with Manila regarding the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 incident and related issues were “a matter between the Republic of China (ROC) and the Philippines,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Kao (高安) said yesterday. Kao said the ROC does not accept the “one China” policy being applied to talks conducted between the ROC and the Philippines because they “have nothing to do with ‘one China.’”
She made the remarks when asked about a statement the Chinese embassy in Manila made on Tuesday to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which the newspaper reported yesterday, that governments should defer to Beijing’s “one China” policy.
Kao said that the ministry was still looking into the authenticity of the statement.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer said the Chinese embassy made the statement when asked by the newspaper to comment on the start of Manila and Taipei’s fishery talks.
“The Chinese government has no objection to the non-governmental economic and cultural contacts between Taiwan and foreign countries that have diplomatic relations with China, but we oppose foreign countries and Taiwan having official exchanges or signing agreements with sovereign and official implications,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Zhang Hua (張華) said.
“We have always required and hoped that the countries that have established diplomatic relations with China abide by their commitments to adhere to the ‘one China’ policy,” Zhang said, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Officials from Taipei and Manila reached a consensus at a meeting last week on four points on dealing with fishing disputes in overlapping waters to prevent a repeat of the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 incident in which Philippine Coast Guard personnel shot at the Taiwanese boat, killing fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (洪石成).
Included in the consensus was a pledge to refrain from the use of force or violence against fishermen from the other side when handling fishing disputes in overlapping waters and to continue discussions on signing a provisional arrangement on fishing rights in the area.
Both sides have decided to hold another meeting early next month on related issues.