TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Three Indonesian naval ships found many Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels remain in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone near Natuna waters on Saturday or four days after President Joko Widodo's recent visit to Natuna District in Riau Islands Province.
The Indonesian warships drove the Chinese fishing boats out of the Indonesian EEZ when they were attempting to spread their fishing nets, Commander of Joint Defense Regional Commands (Kogabwilhan) I Rear Adm. Yudo Margono revealed.
If the Chinese fishing vessels remain in the Indonesian EEZ, they would be apprehended and tried in court. President Jokowi has ordered the Indonesian authorities to take stern action against those violating the Indonesian EEZ, he said.
"Do not let the Indonesia-China relationship get disrupted by the Chinese fishing vessels' illegal activities," Margono said in a press statement after joining an aerial reconnaissance of the Indonesian Air Force's reconnaissance aircraft on Saturday.