Indonesia to Sink 71 Foreign Fishing Boats Amid South China Sea Tensions

  • Sinking of fishing boats also seen as sending signal to China
  • Nation keen to protect fishing grounds in South China Se

Indonesian navy assemble bombs to destroy seven seized fishing boats in Batam, Kepulauan Riau province on Feb. 22, 2016.

Photographer: Sei Ratifa/AFP via Getty Images

Indonesia will cap Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations by scuttling as many as 71 impounded foreign vessels -- mostly Vietnamese but also a handful of Chinese -- to signal its determination to protect its sovereignty over lucrative fishing grounds in the South China Sea.

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