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Protecting our sovereign rights in North Natuna Sea

  • Mas Achmad Santosa and Andreas Aditya Salim

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4 2020   /  01:20 am
Enforcing the law: A Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry vessel, the Hiu Macan 01, escorts a number of foreign fishing boats caught poaching in Natuna waters in Riau Islands. The ministry sank the boats as part of its law enforcement against illegal fishing. (Courtesy of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministr.)

Enforcing the law: A Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry vessel, the Hiu Macan 01, escorts a number of foreign fishing boats caught poaching in Natuna waters in Riau Islands. The ministry sank the boats as part of its law enforcement against illegal fishing. (Courtesy of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministr.)Public discourse on the North Natuna Sea has been full of argument. Condemnations are addressed over the recurring presence of Chinese fishing vessels that harvest fish in the North Natuna Sea with protection from their country’s coast guard.Nothing new has come from the recent incidents except a tougher diplomatic response and provoking publications. China’s obduracy was reflected in a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, who said “whether Indonesia accepts it or not, it cannot change the objective fact that China has rights and interests in relevant sea ...