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International relations

Indonesia asks why Chinese fishing ship dumped sailors in sea

Remains cast overboard in keeping with international rules, captain says

A Chinese fishing vessel in the South China Sea.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Thursday demanded an explanation from China over sea burials of Indonesian crew members on Chinese fishing vessels, amid reports of mistreatment.

A total of three Indonesian sailors died while the ships were in the Pacific, two in December and one in March, and their bodies were cast overboard, according to a statement from Indonesia's foreign ministry. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi summoned the Chinese ambassador to express Jakarta's concern.

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