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East China Sea: Beijing steps up efforts to cut off Taipei fishing as tensions rocket

East China Sea: Beijing steps up efforts to cut off Taipei fishing as tensions rocket

3/2/2021 6:46:00 PM

East China Sea : Beijing steps up efforts to cut off Taipei fishing as tensions rocket

A TAIWANESE fisherman has hit out at China for causing a significant decline in fishing stock in the Matsu Islands archipelago.

has ramped up its dredging in the surrounding waters of the Matsu Islands in the East China Sea. Speaking to DW News, the fisherman said:"This fish used to be worth 100,000 Taiwan dollars a year and now it's dropped to 10,000. Matsu used to be called the fishing paradise but now all the fish are gone."

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Related articlesMacron warned he is 'playing with fire' as 'sacred pact' to be brokenHe added:"This was covered with sand in the past and now is all stones."The move comes as the leader of Taiwan's main opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) said on Tuesday he is in no rush to travel to China to meet President Xi Jinping, and that Beijing's proposals to get Taiwan to accept Communist rule had"no market" on the island.

The KMT ruled China before retreating to Taiwan at the end of a civil war with the Communists in 1949. While ties across the Taiwan Strait have improved dramatically in the last three decades, Beijing continues to claim Taiwan as its own territory.The KMT was trounced in presidential and parliamentary elections last year, unable to shake accusations by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party that they were Beijing's lackey. headtopics.com

READ MORE: China has ramped up its dredging in the surrounding waters of Matsu island(Image: GETTY)A Taiwanese fisherman has hit out at China for causing a signficant decline in fishing stock(Image: DW NEWS)Johnny Chiang, elected as leader following the party's defeat, told Reuters that he was in no hurry to follow his predecessor's footsteps and visit Beijing to meet politicians from the Communist Party, and its leader President Xi.

"We can wait for a better timing. There's no insistence for it. It's not just a meeting for a meeting's sake, but it needs to be meaningful, respectful," he said at party headquarters in central Taipei, adding the pandemic also made travel hard now.

"The timing needs to be right, but more importantly there needs to be the precondition of equality and dignity, and it has to be beneficial for Taiwan."Mr Chiang said they were maintaining routine contacts with the Communist Party, but there had been no high-level communication.

Matsu used to be called the fishing paradise, according to the fisherman(Image: DW NEWS)South China Sea: Lorenzana on 'developing' relationshipsPresident Xi met then-President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore in 2015 in a landmark meeting, shortly before current President Tsai Ing-wen first won power. That meeting was cast as a meeting between the heads of the Communist Party and the KMT rather than one between heads of state. headtopics.com

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But political trust has"collapsed" since then, with small issues turning into slanging matches between Taipei and Beijing, said Mr Chiang.He faces an uphill struggle to win back voter support at a time when Chinese pressure on Taiwan is unrelenting and many electors view the KMT - whose name literally translates as Chinese Nationalist Party - as not properly Taiwanese.

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