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Taiwanese vessels add new twist to Japan-China row

"We'll do everything to protect our fishermen," Wang Chin-wang said

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Ships from the Japanese and Taiwanese coast guards used water cannons to spray each other on Tuesday in the latest incident in a growing row between Japan and China over a group of disputed islands.

The Japanese vessels reportedly opened fire with water cannons in an effort to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats that had entered waters near the islands. Taiwanese coast guard vessels, which had accompanied the fishing boats, then returned fire with their own water cannons.

The Japanese coast guard said all of the Taiwanese boats had since left the disputed area.

"We have made contact with the Taiwan authorities and told them they cannot enter our territorial waters," Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Osamu Fujimura told a press conference in Tokyo. "Our stance is that this is something that needs to be solved in the context of good bilateral ties between Japan and Taiwan," he added.

However, speaking in parliament, the head of Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration sounded defiant.

"We'll do everything to protect our fishermen," Wang Chin-wang said. "We do not rule out using force to fight back if Japan were to do so." more...

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