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Who can fish in waters near Natuna Islands and how?

  • Lei Xiaolu

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Wuhan, China   /   Wed, March 11, 2020   /  01:24 pm
Who can fish in waters near Natuna Islands and how? Indonesian navy vessels sail across Natuna waters off Riau Islands. (Antara/-)

Recently, it seems that Indonesian scholars have been paying much more attention to the fishing activities of Chinese vessels in the waters southwest of Nansha Qundao (Nansha Islands), describing it as a “new action” by China. Actually, China’s fishing vessels have been fishing there for a long time and it is nothing new. The “southwest fishing ground” is the unique name of that area given by Chinese fishermen since long ago. As correctly analyzed in an article published by Global Times on Jan. 6, there is no territorial sovereignty dispute between the two countries. According to the Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s statements from both sides, the dispute between China and Indonesia is about overlapping maritime claims and relevant maritime interests. In the current situation, the dispute is mainly about fishing rights in the context of ...

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