Southeast Asia | Taiwan lawmakers urge Formosa probe over Vietnam fish deaths

Taiwan lawmakers urge Formosa probe over Vietnam fish deaths

June 16, 2016 6:56 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Taiwanese lawmakers urged the government Thursday to investigate local conglomerate Formosa’s possible role in mass fish deaths in Vietnam, as activists said industrial pollution from its multi-billion dollar steel plant could have caused the environmental disaster.

Taiwan lawmakers urge Formosa probe over Vietnam fish deaths A villager shows dead fish he collected on a beach in Phu Loc district, in the central province of Thua Thien Hue in April
A villager shows dead fish he collected on a beach in Phu Loc district, Vietnam, in April

If Formosa is behind the tonnes of dead fish that began washing up along Vietnam’s central coast two months ago, it could jeopardise new Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s signature policy of promoting investment in Southeast Asia in a bid to reduce Taiwan’s economic reliance on China, lawmakers said.

“There will be no end of trouble”, for the so-called Southbound Policy if Tsai’s new government doesn’t carefully address widespread concern among the Vietnamese public over the incident,” said senior lawmaker Su Chih-feng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. Read More

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