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Taiwan-Held Atoll Fends Off China Fishermen


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Peter Harmsen

Source: AFP

October 25, 2010


Dongsha, Taiwan - For decades, Taiwan's army was waiting for Chinese marines to pour across the white beaches of Dongsha atoll, but now fishermen from China are a much bigger concern.


The Chinese fishing vessels are often armed with dynamite and cyanide as they approach the atoll, now a marine national park, and its distance of more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Taiwan makes it hard to defend.


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