Indonesian Warship Fires Shots At Chinese Fishing Boat In South China Sea

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Natuna Islands (photo by Hobe / Holger Behr via Wikimedia Commons)

On May 27 the Indonesian navy intercepted a Chinese fishing boat which was allegedly fishing near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, a group of 272 islands located in the South China Sea. On Monday Hua Chunying (華春瑩), the spokesperson of China‘s Foreign Ministry, stated at a press conference that China and Indonesia had “different opinions” regarding the incident.

According to Indonesian authorities, on May 27 an Indonesian destroyer intercepted the Gui Bei Yu-27088, a Chinese fishing vessel that was illegally fishing near Natuna Islands in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone. The Indonesian warship communicated with the trawler and fired warning shots, but the Chinese vessel tried to escape into the open sea. Only after the destroyer had shot at the prow of the ship did the Chinese vessel stop. No member of the crew sustained injuries. The 8 Chinese fishermen on board were detained.  Continue reading

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