Foreign Ministry demanded that Philippine immediately investigate the firing incident

On May 9, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying answered reporter questions regarding a shot dead Taiwanese fisherman.

A reporter asked that “on the morning of May 9, a Taiwanese fishing vessel operating in the 170-nautical-mile southeast of Eluanbi Philippines was allegedly got shot, with one of the crews killed. Does China have any comments on that?”

Hua Chunying replied that “China expresses grave concern, we strongly condemn the barbarity behavior of firing at the Taiwanese fishermen. The Chinese side demands that the Philippine side to immediately carry out investigation and make clarification as soon as possible. We express our deep condolences to the Taiwan compatriot killed, and condolences to the families.

Case review:

Around 10:00 today, a fishing boat of the Taiwan’s Pingtung County was fishing for bluefin tuna in the waters off the coast of Hengchun, Pingtung County Eluanbi, it was suspected that the Philippine warships fired machine-gun and a 65-year-old crew Hung Shicheng was shot to death. The shipboard equipment was completely destroyed. After the incident, the boat was chased and caught up on several occasions and shot, the fishing boat fled for more than an hour until getting rid of the warships.

The Coast Guard of Taiwan said that the current message seemed to be disordered, it cannot be confirmed whether the fishing boat was hit by machine-gun fire or other weapons, but it was certainty that the fishing boat had loss power and the Coast Guard has sent Tainan ship which had rushed to the rescue the boat.

Source: Xinhua Net, 中国新闻网(ChinaNews)

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