11 Chinese naval vessels detected around Taiwan

SpaceWar.com reports: “Eleven Chinese naval vessels were detected around Taiwan, Taipei’s defence ministry said on Wednesday, the highest number this year as a row between the island and China over a fatal fishing boat incident drags on.

A Chinese speedboat carrying four people capsized on February 14 near Taiwan’s Kinmen islands while being pursued by the Taiwanese coast guard, throwing all on board into the water.

Two of the crew died and two others were rescued and temporarily detained in Kinmen — a territory administered by Taipei but located just five kilometres (three miles) from China’s city of Xiamen.

The incident occurred against a backdrop of already-heightened tensions between China and Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing claims as part of its territory.

A survivor reportedly claimed the boat was ‘rammed’ after returning to the mainland, though Taiwan insists the coast guard was following legitimate procedures…”

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