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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, China plan coordinated sea patrols

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 23 2011   /  08:00 am

Indonesia and China are planning to conduct coordinated patrols in the South China Sea to prevent illegal fishing by Chinese fishermen in Indonesian waters.

Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that initially, the two countries would establish a joint committee to serve as a legal platform for a range of defense cooperations, including coordinated patrols under direct “navy-to-navy talks”.

“The direct naval talks will cover a lot of issues, including on fishing vessels. [Chinese] fishermen often encroach into Indonesian waters, but that’s because they don’t have GPS [global positioning system] devices so are unclear of where the boundaries are,” Purnomo said late Friday after a dinner to welcome visiting Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guang Lie.

“Under a coordinated patrol, if those fishing vessels accidentally cross the border, we will ...