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Taiwan, U.S. discuss maritime cooperation

ROC Central News Agency

08/11/2021 08:15 PM

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and its American counterpart held a first ever Coast Guard Working Group (CGWG) meeting Wednesday to advance joint maritime cooperation.

During the virtual meeting, representatives of CGA and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) discussed ways to improve joint maritime responses to search and rescue, disaster relief, and environmental missions, as well as opportunities to improve communication and continue personnel educational exchanges, according to a release issued by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

They also continued work on the common objectives of preserving maritime resources; reducing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; and participating in joint maritime search and rescue and maritime environmental response events, according to the press release.

Both side agreed that CGWG will convene regularly to coordinate on pressing maritime law enforcement and assistance concerns, it added.

The AIT said the CGWG is "emblematic of the collaboration required of like-minded partners to overcome increasingly complex transnational problems."

It listed a number of issues that both sides can continue to work on, including aiding stranded cruise passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to an increasing number of tropical storms, or interdicting illicit drug shipments at sea, among others.

AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

The CGWG was launched based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Taiwan and U.S. on March 25 as part of a framework to increase bilateral maritime cooperation.

That MOU established the CGWG as a forum to improve communications, build cooperation, and share information between CGA and USCG.

(By Matt Yu, Lai Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh)


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