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Five Taiwan coastguards abducted on China ship
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-15 07:28 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Five Taiwanese coast guard officers were freed after being held on board a fishing vessel from China, the Coast Guard Administration said Saturday.

The incident occurred when the five boarded the Chinese ship for an inspection because it had allegedly crossed into Taiwanese waters, reports said. Doors and windows were closed and the officers did not succeed in entering the quarters.

The vessel suddenly took off and headed for the Chinese province of Fujian with the officers still on board. However, a coast guard vessel set chase and freed the Taiwanese officers, who were on their way back to Taiwan Saturday evening, reports said.

More details were not available for the time being.

The incident comes at a time of increased tension between China and Japan over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan. China has been known to send ships into Japanese-controlled waters to support its claims of sovereignty over the uninhabited islands, which sit among rich fishing grounds and possible sources of oil and gas.

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