22 Jun '16, 6am

Jokowi to inspect Chinese fishing boat held at Indonesian naval base

JAKARTA - President Joko Widodo will personally inspect the Chinese fishing boat detained by the navy for poaching in the waters off Indonesia's Natuna Islands, said a provincial official on Wednesday (June 22). The visit will come days after Vice-President Jusuf Kalla indicated in an interview with Reuters that Indonesia would be more assertive in upholding its sovereignty over waters around the Natuna Islands. Riau Islands Provincial Government spokesman Hery Mokhrizal told The Straits Times that the presidential delegation will arrive on Thursday to visit the naval base in Ranai, where the China-flagged Yueyandong Yu 19038 fishing boat and its crew of seven has been held for investigations since being detained last Friday. Ranai is the capital of Natuna Regency, which is located in the Natuna archipelago of the South China Sea some 550km from the north-east of Indonesia...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/jokowi-to-inspec...

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