Taiwan removes sanctions against Philippines after apology for fisherman's shooting
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan lifted its sanctions against the Philippines on Thursday after Manila apologised for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, an incident which had severely strained relations.
"The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan's official title) announces that the sanction against the Philippines is removed immediately after the Filipino side has displayed apology and goodwill in written statements and action," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The move came after Mr Amadeo R. Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office which handles relations in the absence of diplomatic ties, flew to Taiwan and offered an "official apology" on behalf of Filipino President Benigno Aquino.
Tensions had risen sharply after the 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by Filipino coastguards on May 9 in waters near an island in the Philippines' extreme north, which Taiwan also claims as part of its economic zone.