Indonesian patrol confronts Chinese ship in financial zone

Jakarta, September 15

An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent nearly three days in waters the place Indonesia claims financial rights and are close to the southernmost a part of China’s disputed South China Sea claims.

The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency stated it detected Chinese ship 5204 getting into Indonesia’s unique financial zone in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna waters on Friday night time.

The company despatched a patrol ship that closed inside a kilometer of the Chinese coast guard vessel and so they communicated to affirm their place and their nation’s claims to the world, stated Aan Kurnia, chief of the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency.

“We asked them to move out as it was Indonesia’s EEZ. But they insisted that it is China’s nine-dash- line territory. Our officers at the vessel argued with them until they moved out,” Kurnia stated. He stated he reported the incident to Indonesian authorities ministers.

“The Chinese coast guard vessel finally left the North Natuna Sea on Monday at 11:20 am,” he stated.

Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin indicated that China noticed nothing unsuitable with the ship’s actions and stated the 2 international locations are in touch over “relevant maritime issues.”

“China’s rights and interests in the relevant waters of the South China Sea are clear,” Wang stated at a every day briefing on Tuesday.

“As far as I know, Chinese coast guard vessels have been performing normal patrols in the waters under China’s jurisdiction.”      China’s “nine-dash line” delineates its declare to nearly the whole South China Sea.

A 2016 worldwide arbitration ruling involving the Philippines invalidated most of China’s sweeping claims within the sea, however China has ignored the ruling and known as it a sham.

Indonesia doesn’t have a territorial declare to the South China Sea, however a bit of Indonesia’s unique financial zone that features pure gasoline fields lies inside China’s “nine-dash line.”             Chinese ships have repeatedly entered the world Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea, inflicting tensions between the international locations.

China has previously defined its presence in these waters on the idea of “conventional fishing rights.

Chinese ships additionally repeatedly patrol off the island of Borneo and close to James Shoal east of the Natuna islands, China’s southernmost territorial declare which Malaysia says belongs to it.

The South China Sea accounts for greater than 10 per cent of the worldwide fish catch and surrounding states have taken more and more excessive measures to make sure they receive their share. Stocks have declined drastically amid overfishing and the destruction of coral reefs, to the purpose that they could be on the breaking point, in keeping with some research.

The Indonesian patrol ship KN Pulau Nipah 321 has been deployed for such patrols in Indonesia’s western maritime zone till November.

The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry has communicated to the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta to elucidate the coast guard’s presence, spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah stated. — AP

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