Territorial Dispute

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Family members cry around the body of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng. AP Photo

Family members cry around the body of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng. AP Photo

Why and where Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng was killed last week is still unclear, but his death is a brutally vivid illustration of how quickly the competing territorial claims in the Far East can turn to bloodshed.

The fisherman, age 65, was shot and killed by the Philippine Coast Guard in waters claimed by both Taiwan and Philippine governments.

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