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Win-win solution for Indonesia, Vietnam possible

  • Zaki Mubarok

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 22, 2019   /  01:26 pm
Win-win solution for Indonesia, Vietnam possible Indonesian Navy personnel take into custody a fishing vessel with its Vietnamese crew members on board during a security operation in Natuna Islands waters in Riau Islands. War vessel KRI Cut Nyak Dien-375, belonging to the first Fleet Command, apprehended the KG 1916 TS fishing boat and its 15 crew members for allegedly fishing illegally in Indonesian territory. (Courtesy of 1st Fleet Command/-)

On the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in June, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, during which they expressed commitment to expediting maritime delimitation between the two neighbors. Several incidents, including the ramming by Vietnamese fisheries resources surveillance ship KN-213 of Indonesian Navy corvette Tjiptadi 381 in the maritime grey area late in April, have overshadowed bilateral relations between the two countries. Both President Jokowi and PM Nguyen were surely unhappy with the incidents considering the efforts to retain vibrant bilateral relations through the signing of, among other agreements, the Joint Statement for Strengthening the Strategic Partnership in 2018, Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Strategic Partnership (2019-2023) in 2018 and the Joint Communi...

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