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Coast Guard will implement "Three Noes Policy”

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Coast Guard Administration (CGA, 海巡署) Minister Wang Ginn-wang (王進旺) yesterday stated that a "Three Noes Policy" will be implemented in future efforts to declare the sovereignty of Taiwan.

During his attendance at the Internal Administration Committee of the Legislative Yuan, Wang stated that Mainland China, Vietnam and the Philippines have recently had numerous disputes over the South China Sea.

According to Wang, in light of the friction and because of the vastness of the body of water, large warships will be dispatched to patrol Taiping Island (太平島) and the Dongsha Islands (東沙島). The warships will also display CGA efforts to strengthen combat readiness on both islands.

Wang also stated that the CGA and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) have created the Joint Fishing Protection Program and Response Support Plan (聯合護漁行動方案和應變支援計畫) along with various other mechanisms to guarantee the safety of Taiwanese fishing boats. One 3000-ton, four 1000-ton and twenty-eight 1000-ton patrol and rescue vessels will be operational by the end of the year said Wang.

The CGA will continue to adopt the principle of guaranteeing the presence of a patrol vessel close to Taiwanese fishing boats, with at least one patrol vessel per day conducting security duties in Taiwan waters. Should local fishermen be harassed by any country, said Wang, the situation will be handled with the "no provocation, no conflict and no avoidance" policy to defend and declare the sovereignty of Taiwan.

CGA Faces Personnel and Fuel Shortage

In related news, Wang confirmed that the CGA is facing a shortage of personnel and fuel. As a result, there is a shortage of certified helicopter operators.

Wang also stated that the fuel budget might face a NT$60 million to NT$70 million deficit as over NT$200 million from the NT$500 million annual budget was used as of April.

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