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Commentary: Susi: Rebuked by China, cherished (wrongly?) by Indonesians

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 4, 2017   /  08:33 am
Commentary: Susi: Rebuked by China, cherished (wrongly?) by Indonesians Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti (JP/Sebastian Partogi)

Chinese Ambassador for Yellow Sea Affairs Wang Xiaodu harshly criticized the sinking of Chinese fishing vessels by Indonesian authorites in front of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, who earlier boasted of her success in her “war” against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) practices. Both the ambassador and minister avoided naming their target, but the exchange of harsh words between the two officials demonstrates the sensitivity of the issue for the two countries. Many countries, including China, Vietnam and Thailand, have strongly protested the bombings and sinkings of the confiscated vessels of their fishermen by Susi, arguing that Indonesia does not have the right to treat their citizens like criminals just because they exploited much-needed marine resources. Speaking on the second day of the United Nations-organized sympos...