MECO discusses evacuation plan for Filipinos in Taiwan amid rising US-China tensions

To discuss evacuation strategies in case the US-China dispute heats up, a coalition of Filipino groups in Taiwan will meet virtually with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) on Aug. 6, one of the coalition members said .

Although things are “normal” in Taiwan, Secretary-General of Filcom Taiwan Northern Mercedita Kuan said in an interview on Saturday that fear still suffused the country.

“We have concerns, so we have a zoom meeting with MECO about how we will evacuate ourselves if Taiwan is really threatened by China,” Kuan said.

The unofficial Philippines-Taiwan liaison, MECO, is a non-profit organization with “authority to undertake activities normally conducted by Philippine missions abroad, but which are not of a political, non-security nature.”

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On Saturday, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said flares were launched late Friday to repel seven drones flying over the outer Kinmen Islands and unidentified planes flying over the outlying Matsu Islands.

After Beijing began extensive military drills this week in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, the ministry reported that troops in both locations, which are just off the coast of mainland China, were in full force be alert.