South China Sea War: Shots Fired By Indonesian Navy ‘Notice To The World’

South China Sea War: Shots Fired By Indonesian Navy ‘Notice To The World’
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The tension in the highly disputed territory over the South China Sea has escalated to an unprecedented level between China and the Philippines. But lately, Indonesia has become more aggressive, too, as it starts to make its position known in the region.


Recently, the Indonesian navy seized at least two Chinese fishing vessels. On Friday, Indonesian navy fired at and seized a Chinese fishing vessel after it allegedly entered Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and stole fishes from its seas, ABC News reported.

The detained Chinese vessel Gui Bei Yu was seized near Indonesia’s Natuna Island, northwest of Borneo. Before the vessel’s crew was arrested, the Indonesian navy fired shots at them for ignoring the warnings from Indonesian authorities.

Major Budi Amin, spokesperson for western fleet command of Indonesian navy, told the Associated Press via ABC News that the responding team was left with no choice but to fire at the Chinese vessel after it ignored warnings. Eight crew members were arrested, and no one was hurt from both sides.

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In the same report, Indonesia’s navy commander said that the seizure of the Chinese vessel is Indonesia’s “notice to the world,” an indication that the country will respond to territorial encroachment accordingly. The commander added that any violation to the country’s jurisdiction will be dealt with accordingly.

Amid reports of Chinese fishermen being arrested in its neighbors’ territories, the Chinese government is reportedly training local fishermen for militia tactics as they sail through disputed waters, Reuters reported.

According to an advisor to the Hainan government who requested anonymity, China’s move to train its fishermen with militia skills came amid several instances of Chinese vessel seizures abroad. It also aims to protect the country’s interests in these areas, the official added.

Also Read: South China Sea Dispute: US Calls Nations To Support Philippines

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  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument Uninhabited Islands: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12.

    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes: