April 12, 2016
One of seven fishing boats is blown up by the Indonesian government in Batam,
Kepulauan Riau province on Feb. 22, 2016. Indonesia destroyed 23 fishing boats after a recent maritime dispute with Chinese authorities. (Sei Ratifa/AFP/Getty Images)
Argentina’s coast guard encountered a Chinese trawler illegally fishing in its territorial waters in mid-March. The Chinese poachers ignored radio calls and repeated warning fire, and tried ramming the Argentinian ship.
Finally, the Argentinean coast guard did what few nations dare. According to New York Post, they fired shots at the boat’s hull. They rescued four of the crew members from the sinking ship, while the rest of the 28-member crew was picked up by another nearby Chinese fishing boat.
The Chinese regime has expressed outrage at the incident, but Argentina didn’t back down, and by doing so, it may set a precedent that other nations can turn to when facing Chinese belligerence in maritime disputes.
Indonesia soon followed with a hard-line approach to Chinese aggression. Indonesian authorities arrested a Chinese fisherman on March 19 in the Natuna Sea, near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, and had the Chinese fishing boat in tow.