Indonesia says Taiwanese vessels ignored repeated warnings

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia says one of its patrol ships fired shots near two Taiwanese vessels suspected of illegal fishing only after they ignored repeated warnings to leave Indonesian waters.

Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said Thursday that the fisheries patrol ship involved in the incident in the Strait of Malacca followed all standard procedures.

He vowed that Indonesia will stick to its policy of taking firm action against illegal fishing.

Taiwan has demanded an explanation from Indonesia. A statement by its Foreign Ministry condemned the use of force and asked for evidence of any wrongdoing by the Taiwanese boats that could justify the shooting.