Indonesian Patrol Boat Allegedly Rammed By Vietnamese Vessel in S. China Sea

Vietnamese coastguard and Indonesian Navy clash

Vietnamese coastguard and Indonesian Navy clash

"The actions taken by the Vietnamese coast guard ship endangered the lives of officers from both countries and is not in accordance with global law or the spirit of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)", Indonesia's foreign ministry said.

"Indonesia deeply regrets the incident involving Vietnamese Fisheries Department boats KN 213 and KN264 and the Indonesian Navy war ship Tjiptadi-381", Arrmanatha said.

Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned Vietnam's ambassador to Indonesia Pham Vinh Quang to explain an incident involving an Indonesian Navy war ship and two Vietnamese coastguard boats in the Natuna Sea last weekend, the ministry said on Monday.

Vietnam has also demanded that Indonesia immediately release the crew of the sunk vessel, treat them humanely and provide adequate compensation for the Vietnamese fishing boat and for the fishermen. "[On May 4] we will be sinking 51 foreign illegal boats, where most originates from Vietnam", said Susi in a tweet on Monday, April 29. Indonesia doesn't have a territorial dispute with China, but Beijing's claims overlap with Indonesia's internationally recognized exclusive economic zone extending from the Natuna islands.

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A dozen fishermen were detained and remain in Indonesian custody.

Video circulating on social media purported to show a Vietnamese patrol boat ramming the left side of the Indonesian vessel as the armed navy crew shouted expletives.

Indonesia, the world's biggest archipelago nation, has been trying to stop foreign vessels fishing illegally in its territory, claiming it costs the economy billions of dollars annually.

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry has since sent a diplomatic note to the Indonesian embassy in Hanoi, asking Indonesia's authorities to verify the information, investigate to clarify the incident and not to let similar incidents happen in the future. Its 2017 decision to rename the Natuna waters angered China, which claims most of the South China Sea and is in dispute with many Southeast Asian nations over the competing stakes.

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