In the disputed area of South China Sea, the Indonesian navy opened fire at a Chinese fishing boat, China’s Foreign Ministry said.
The incident left a fisherman injured and the Indonesian navy arrest its seven-man crew.
Question looms whether Indonesia is trying to provoke war amidst all this tension.
The ministry’s website posted a statement yesterday as an act of response to the whole event. According to Indonesia’s navy, it had intercepted and arrested a Chinese vessel and its seven crew members for fishing in Indonesian waters illegally.
The incident took place, on Saturday, off the Natuna islands, which is located off the northwest coast of Borneo, in the South China Sea.
These waters, which are in question, are claimed by both China and Indonesia, said Xinhuanet.
Chinese Foreign Ministry said the Indonesian navy shot at it, regardless of the fact that the Chinese fishing boat was carrying out normal fishing operations in its routine fishing grounds. The shooting harmed one fisherman and also damaged the boat.
“China strongly protests and condemns such excessive use of force,” Hua Chunying, a Chinese spokesperson said in a press release.
“China urges Indonesia to stop taking action that escalates tension, complicates issues, or affects peace and stability.”
Hua also said that the shooting and detention showed clear violations on Indonesia’s parts. According to Wall Street Journal, Indonesia defied international laws including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), said Hua.
Hua stated that Indonesia also violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). China strongly believed that Indonesia had clear intentions of harming the lives and property of Chinese fishermen.
It was also reported that a Chinese maritime-law-enforcement vessel was sent to the scene. The injured man was saved and was being treated on the Chinese island of Hainan.
The real motivations of Indonesia are yet to be known, however.