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READY:Taiwan’s naval forces are more than a match for the Philippines’, a defense official said, adding that coast guard patrols are authorized to use force when attacked

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Lin asked the defense ministry to authorize naval ships to use certain weapons without giving the ministry prior notice.

According to CGA statistics, Philippine vessels intruded around Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) in the South China Sea 154 times between 2000 and last year, and 34 times around the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島), but Taiwan’s coast guard did not expel, intercept or detain any of the vessels, Lin added.

Cheng said that according to coast guard regulations, its ships should expel intruding vessels.

Additional reporting by Rich Chang

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