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Taiwan mum on fisheries pact with the Philippines

TAIPEI--The Fisheries Agency yesterday declined to comment on when a Taiwan-Philippines fisheries agreement will be signed.

According to Tsay Tzu-yaw, deputy director-general of the agency, the matter is being dealt with by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The issue came to attention after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in Singapore earlier in the day that "this week, Taiwan and the Philippines agreed to sign a new fisheries agreement."

Hagel, who was speaking at the 2014 Shangri-La Dialogue held by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, cited the proposed agreement as an example of how to reduce tensions and resolve disputes peacefully.

He stressed that while the United States does not take sides on the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, it is firmly opposed use of intimidation, coercion or the threat of force by any nation to assert those claims.

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