Chinese vessels near oil and gas drilling site in Indonesian waters: Indonesian officials

A file photo of the location of North Natuna Sea on a map of Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS
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JAKARTA - From August to October, Chinese research ship Haiyang Dizhi 10 and a Chinese coast guard vessel were spotted near Tuna Block in the North Natuna Sea, Indonesian officials said.

Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative, a Jakarta-based independent think-tank, had reported that the Chinese research vessel carried out underwater surveys within Indonesia's exclusive economic zone for a few weeks, coming as close as nine nautical miles from the semi-submersible drilling rig Noble Clyde Boudreaux at the Tuna Block.

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