We know that there was a collision between a mysterious Chinese warship and a Taiwanese freighter a few days back. However, we were not able to get more details about the incident back then. Now, Captain of the Taiwanese freighter has revealed that there was a 1-hour standoff after the collision. This is because the Chinese warship forced Taiwanese freighter to sail to China.
According to reports, Coast Guard Administration released a press conference saying that at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the Yutai No. 1 was slammed into by an unidentified Chinese warship 19.5 miles southeast of Liaoluo Port in Kinmen. The Taiwanese ship sustained damage but none of its crew was injured.
Now, an interview of Taiwanese ship Fu Shih-hour has emerged which was done by Bloomberg. In this interview, the 72-year-old captain says that “the commander of the Chinese warship tried to coerce him into navigating his ship into China’s port of Xiamen”. However, he claims that he refused to accept the Chinese captain’s demands and he also called Taiwan Coast Guard for help.
Fu, in his interview to Bloomberg, also mentioned that he made it clear when the Coast Guard arrived that “we were in international waters and that we were under no obligation to follow their orders.” for not obeying Chinese vessel’s orders.
Fu also mentioned that the Chinese vessel’s “captain wasn’t happy about it, but had to begrudgingly accept it” because the Taiwanese cargo ship was clearly in international waters. According to the Coast Guard, Chinese vessel’s captain also said that he will need to go back to Xiamen port for repairs as his vessel was also damaged due to the collision.
Fu described that he could clearly see that it was a military vessel and added that it was “at least 100 meters in length” but added that he could not clearly identify the Chinese ship in darkness.