Frantic Phone Call Failed to Halt China-Indonesia Sea Spat

  • Plea came in phone call from Chinese diplomat to official
  • Indonesia's neutral position in dispute coming under pressure

Indonesia Detains Chinese Fishermen

Hours after reports of a confrontation between a Chinese coastguard ship and an Indonesian vessel in the South China Sea, a top Chinese diplomat called an Indonesian government official with a plea: Don’t tell the media, we are friends after all.

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