Vietnam, Indonesia vow to fight illegal fishing, boost trade

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade.

Speaking at a joint news briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, Jokowi said they hope their trade will reach $10 billion by 2020 from $6.8 billion now.

Indonesia has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since Jokowi took office in 2014, destroying hundreds of foreign fishing boats, mostly from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of a declaration on voluntary cooperation in combatting illegal fishing.

Jokowi is on a three-day visit to Vietnam.

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