South China Sea: Indonesian navy fires on Chinese fishing boat near disputed islands

South China Sea: Indonesian navy fires on Chinese fishing boat near disputed islands
Indonesian navy patrol boat (file photo). (Image: Indonesian navy)

An Indonesian naval vessel fired on a Chinese fishing boat on Friday, injuring one person,China‘s foreign ministry said, the countries’ third reported confrontation this year near a chain of islands as regional tensions mount in the South China Sea.

Indonesia’s navy said it had fired warning shots at several boats with Chinese flags that it accused of fishing illegally near the Natuna Islands – but a spokesman told Reuters there had been no injuries.

Indonesia is not part of a broader regional dispute over China’s reclamation activities in the South China Sea and Beijing’s claims on swathes of key waterways.

But Jakarta has objected to China’s inclusion of parts of the Indonesian-ruled Natuna Islands within a “nine-dash line” that Beijing marks on maps to show its claim on the body of water. …

The Indonesian warship damaged one Chinese fishing boat and detained another with seven people on board, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on the ministry website on Sunday.

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