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On August 8, the Chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Amadeo R. Perez traveled to Taiwan in his temporary capacity of personal representative of the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III.
During a meeting with Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Y. L. Lin and in presence of the Filipino Representative to Taiwan Antonio I. Basilio, Mr. Perez terminated one the most fierce diplomatic row between the Philippines and a neighboring country in recent years.
According to a Taiwanese official communiqué, Mr. Perez "expressed the deep regret and apology of the president and people of the Philippines to the family of crew member Hong Shi-cheng, the victim of the fatal shooting incident involving a Philippine government vessel, as well as to the people of Taiwan."
Taiwanese authorities have waged an active communication offensive to convince the international community and the Philippines that the shooting incident that targeted the fishing boat Guang Da Xing No. 28 on May 9 happened due "a violation of the law" by the Philippines Coast Guard. The Taiwanese government has constantly demanded that "the perpetrators be charged with homicide and obstruction of justice."
Finally, Taiwan has lifted the sanctions "after the Philippines expressed good will and issued an apology both in writing and in deed," said a communiqué issued by the Filipino Presidency. Also, the two countries have committed to starting fishery agreement negotiations soon.
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