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UPDATE 2-Indonesia to summon China ambassador over fishing boat incident

* Chinese ship fishing illegally in Natuna Sea - Indonesia

* China coast guard boat intervened - minister

* China says trawler in traditional Chinese fishing grounds

(Recasts, adds Chinese Foreign Ministry statement, previous
Jakarta)

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Ben Blanchard

JAKARTA/BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) - Indonesia will summon
China's ambassador over an incident involving a Chinese fishing
vessel in the Natuna Sea, a minister said on Sunday, as Beijing
accused it of attacking the ship in traditional Chinese fishing
grounds.

The move comes amid heightened tensions in the South China
Sea over China's land reclamation there and over its claims on
vast swathes of an important shipping corridor. Several
Southeast Asian countries have overlapping claims in the area.

Indonesia was attempting to detain the Chinese vessel for
fishing illegally in waters near the contested South China Sea
when a Chinese coast guard vessel intervened, fisheries minister
Susi Pudjiastuti told reporters in Jakarta.

"What we will ask the ambassador is that if they say their
nine-dash line does not claim Natuna then why is there still
illegal fishing happening there," Pudjiastuti said, adding the
ambassador will be summoned by the foreign ministry on Monday.

"Their government should not stand behind illegal and
unregulated fishing," she said.

China's foreign ministry, in a statement sent to Reuters,
said the trawler was carrying out "normal activities" in
"traditional Chinese fishing grounds".

"On March 19, after the relevant trawler was attacked and
harassed by an armed Indonesian ship, a Chinese Coast Guard ship
went to assist," it said.

"The Chinese side immediately demanded the Indonesian side
at once release the detained Chinese fishermen and ensure their
personal safety," the ministry added.

China hopes Indonesia can "appropriately handle" the issue,
it said. Indonesian foreign ministry officials were not
immediately available for comment.

China claims vast swathes of the South China Sea that are
also claimed by several Southeast Asian countries.

Indonesia is not a claimant in the disputed South China Sea,
but has raised concerns over China's inclusion of the
resource-rich Natuna Islands in its so-called "nine-dash line".

China says that it does not dispute Indonesia's sovereignty
over the Natuna Islands.

(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Writing by
Kanupriya Kapoor and Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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