Taiwan minister says 5 China coast guard ships entered waters around Kinmen

By Thomson Reuters Feb 26, 2024 | 7:22 PM

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Five Chinese coast guard ships entered prohibited or restricted waters around Taiwan’s frontline islands of Kinmen on Monday, a Taiwan minister told reporters on Tuesday amid a rise in tension with Beijing.

China’s coast guard this month began regular patrols around the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen islands after two Chinese nationals died trying to flee Taiwan’s coast guard after their boat entered prohibited waters.

(Reporting By Ben Blanchard; Editing by Tom Hogue)