27 March 2010

Nervousness in the Pacific

Taiwan has gone on military alert following the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou activated the country's national security mechanism on Friday after a South Korean naval ship sank in the Yellow Sea, the island's Central News Agency reported.

Ma, who was on a tour of South Pacific islands, consulted with top officials and ordered the country's minister of national defence to monitor developments and "adopt necessary response measures," the official agency said.

About 40 crewmen were believed missing after the South Korean naval ship Cheonan sank near the North Korean border on the west side of the peninsula opposite China late Friday.

A South Korean presidential spokeswoman said it was unclear whether the sinking resulted from a clash with North Korea.

By: Brant

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