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Fishing fuels conflict in the South China Sea

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Foreign fishing boats seized due to illegal fishing are blown up near Bitung in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.   © Reuters

MANILA As the Indonesian army marched at the presidential palace in Jakarta in August to celebrate the nation's Independence Day, the navy and coast guard units were smashing holes in fishing boats that had encroached on its territory.

They sank 60 vessels that day, most of them were foreign-flagged. The record-setting action brought to 236 the number of illegal fishing boats destroyed since Indonesian President Joko Widodo came to power in October 2014.

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