Why Manila stopped giving Taiwanese fishing vessels a “safety corridor”

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles In 1991, the Philippine government established two sea lanes intended only as a shortcut for Taiwanese fishermen to take to the Pacific Ocean fishing grounds. Seven years later, Manila unilaterally removed these sea lanes. The reason, according to Rex Robles, a retired Navy Commodore, was that the Taiwanese fishermen used the pass-through-only sea lanes “to poach […]

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PH envoys handed Taiwan government drafts of Manila’s apology & position on shooting incident

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Even before the Taiwan government had received the official letter containing the Philippine apology for the death of the Taiwanese fisherman, Taipei already knew its contents, highly knowledgeable sources said. In fact, the Taiwan government already knew the contents of three previous drafts of the letter. This was because top officials of the Manila Economic and […]

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Taiwan, Manila may yet ink deal on deportations, despite rising PH-China tension over Spratlys – analysis

  [My editor at South China Morning Post (HK) allowed me to post this article I wrote together with SCMP's Taipei correspondnt Lawrence Chung. I am posting this is in the hope that it will contribute to discussions on this hotly debated issue.] Taipei, Manila in talks on deportations Raïssa Robles in Manila and Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan has […]

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