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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Vietnam clash again at sea

  • Agnes Anya and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 30 2019   /  12:15 am

Indonesia’s diplomatic ties with Vietnam have been strained again after a collision between an Indonesian Navy ship and a Vietnamese patrol vessel in waters contested by both sides.On Saturday, the Indonesian Navy reported that a vessel belonging to Vietnam’s Fisheries Resources Surveillance (VFRS) Agency had rammed into one of its corvette-class warships, the KRI Tjiptadi-381, to obstruct the impounding of a Vietnam-flagged boat suspected of fishing illegally in Indonesian waters.The Foreign Ministry summoned Vietnam’s Ambassador to Indonesia Pham Vinh Quang on Monday to protest the maneuvers in the waters off the Natunas in Riau Islands province, in an area that is disputed but Jakarta claims as its own.“The actions taken by [the crew of the] Vietnamese surveillance ships were very dangerous for both personnel from the KRI and the Vietnamese ships themselves. Their actions […...