Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing — Chinese fishing ship was already wanted in Argentina for illegal fishing

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© AFP | Indonesian navy hold crew members of the Chinese trawler “Hua Li-8” in Belawan, North Sumatra on April 23, 2016

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said Sunday.

The trawler was intercepted by two navy ships on Friday after receiving information that a ship wanted by Interpol in Argentina had been spotted in Aceh, in the northwest of Sumatra, navy spokesman Edi Sucipto told AFP.

The boat has been taken to a naval base in Belawan, North Sumatra for investigation.

Indonesian War Ship KRI Imam Bonjol-363 approaches a Chinese fishing boat in Natuna water

“We are currently questioning the crew to find out more about the case,” Sucipto said, adding that one of them had a gunshot wound to his leg.

“It was not our officers who shot him, he was probably shot by the Argentinian authorities,” he said.

The Chinese trawler was previously reported to have been fishing illegally in Argentine waters in late February.

Argentine forces in March opened fire on and a sank a Chinese boat illegally fishing in the South Atlantic after it attempted to ram a coast guard vessel.

Indonesia in 2014 launched a tough crackdown on illegal fishing which involves sinking foreign vessels caught fishing without a permit after impounding the boats and removing the crews.

Its foreign minister protested to Beijing after the Chinese coastguard last month stopped an Indonesian patrol boat from detaining a Chinese trawler.

Beijing also voiced concern last year after Indonesia destroyed an impounded Chinese fishing vessel.

Indonesia in 2014 launched a tough crackdown on illegal fishing which involves sinking foreign vessels caught fishing without a permit after impounding the boats and removing the crews (AFP Photo/Wahyu Wepe)

Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister

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Philippines: Fishermen Silver Lopez and Raymart de Claro remove old paint and scratches, scrape off patches of barnacles on the 9-meter fishing boat, Marvin I. They told us they gave up on fishing near the Philippines due to constant attacks by Chinese fishermen.


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China’s coast guard protects its biggest relocatable oil rig near Vietnam

China Coast Guard 3901, with a displacement of 12,000 tons, is armed with one 76-millimeter naval cannon, two close-range defense guns and two anti-aircraft guns. This is a new, heavier and well armed Chinese coast guard ship that has recently entered service.  China daily photo

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A Vietnamese coast guard ship approaches a Thai boat as the latter is selling diesel to a Vietnamese fishing boat on March 18, 2016. Photo: Thanh Hai
A Vietnamese coast guard ship approaches a Thai boat as the latter is selling diesel to a Vietnamese fishing boat on March 18, 2016. Photo: Thanh Hai

Indonesia burns a Vietnamese fishing boat on August 17, 2015

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Indonesian Government Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Boat Accused of Illegal Fishing

In this Nov 22, 2015 image, Kyaw Naing, a slave from Myanmar, talks to a security guard through the bars of a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. (AP photo)

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Chinese fishing boats sail from Shenjiamen port in Zhejiang province to fish in the East China Sea. Photo by Xinhua
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Vietnamese fishermen swim for their lives after their ship was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship — inside Vietnamese waters
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Filipino fishermen wave from a fishing boat bound to fish near Scarborough Shoal in Masinloc, Zambales May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A Chinese coast guard vessel near Malaysia. Photographer Rahman Roslan, Getty Images

A Chinese coast guard vessel ramming a Vietnamese boat

 

We at Peace and Freedom have never seen any evidence that fishermen from the Philippines or Vietnam have used fire bombs on Chinese ships. But we have seen evidence of China fire bombing Vietnamese and Filipino vessels.  Here: Captain Pham Quang Thanh on his Vietnamese fishing boat that was fire-bombed  and set on fire by an apparent  Chinese naval boat off Hoang Sa. 

Vietnamese Fishing Boat Fired On, Set Ablaze
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/boat-03252013152934.html

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