Taiwan ministry calls for lifting of sanctions against Manila
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's foreign ministry said on Wednesday it would push for the lifting of sanctions against the Philippines after Manila recomended homicide charges in a shooting case that severely strained ties.
Calling Manila's move a "constructive response", the ministry said it would recommend the Taipei government improve relations, including lifting sanctions imposed after the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard.
In a separate move Taiwanese prosecutors on Wednesday charged eight Filipino coast guard personnel with homicide following the killing in May.
The indictment was considered symbolic as it is unlikely that the Philippines will allow the accused to be tried in Taiwan due to the lack of formal diplomatic ties.