20 Jun '16, 11am

Luhut taking a more conciliatory stance than Kalla toward Beijing. Susi obviously ready for a fight.

JAKARTA - Indonesia has defended its navy for firing over the bow of Chinese fishing boats caught poaching in its waters off the Natuna islands in the South China Sea on Friday (June 17). Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said Monday (June 20) he has been briefed about the incident and confirmed that the shooting at sea was in accordance to the rules of engagement. His comments comes after China registered its "strong protest" on Sunday to Indonesia over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat and its crew of seven as well as the warning shots fired by the Indonesian warship KRI Imam Bonjol which apparently wounded a Chinese fisherman from another vessel. Mr Luhut said there was no need for Indonesia to respond to the protest from China. "What is important is that we find a solution (to resolve the issue) amicably, we want to ...

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