Why Indonesia keeps sending mixed signals on the Natuna sea dispute with China

Indonesia has been sending mixed signals in responding to China’s breach of its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna Islands, near the South China Sea. The Natuna sea is within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) of Indonesia’s coastline, making it part of Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Since December 19, 2019, Chinese fishing vessels have trespassed into the waters around the Natuna Islands, violating Indonesia’s sovereignty as regulated by the 1982’s United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Despite telling China to back out of its waters by…

South China Sea: Putin moves to support the Philippines and Vietnam against Beijing’s plan | World | News

The development will frustrate China’s attempts to secure ownership of the lucrative zone within its nine dash line, the proportion of the sea bed that Beijing has allocated for itself. In October Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte invited Moscow-based energy company Rosneft to conduct oil and gas exploration in waters the Philippines claims in the South China Sea. The offer was reciprocated by the Russian ambassador to the Philippines, Igor Khovaev, who invited Philippine companies to also “explore oil and gas in Russia together with Russian companies”. A team from Rosneft…

China’s Coast Guard Chief Arrives in Manila for Bilateral Talks

China’s coast guard chief has arrived in Manila to lead a delegation for tabletop exercises and bilateral talks with their Philippine counterparts aimed at coordinating each other’s operations in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday. A marching band greeted Maj. Gen. Wang Zhongcai as he disembarked from the Chinese Coast Guard ship with pennant number 5204, which anchored at the Port of Manila on Monday, in what local authorities had described as an unprecedented visit. The Philippine Coast Guard later posted Wang’s pictures on Twitter showing him walking…

China wants to use its ‘biggest and most powerful destroyer’ to ‘deter the Americans’, expert says

China wants to use the commissioning of its ‘biggest and most powerful destroyer’ to prevent the United State from undermining its ‘core interests’, an expert claims.  The official delivery of the Nanchang, the country’s first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, is meant to deter the Americans, he says. The ceremony is an attempt from Beijing to ‘demonstrate its sufficient political will and military capability to the U.S. Government, especially under the present Trump Administration’, the Asia-based researcher adds. The message from Beijing is that ‘any effort to undermine or subvert Beijing’s…

‘Full alert’ as China makes a potentially deadly decision

Indonesia has reacted with anger after Chinese fishing boats protected by coast guard warships forced their way into its territorial waters. Jakarta has mobilised its military and raised its combat alert status in the Natuna archipelago in response to the incursions which began late last year. “Our Navy and air force are armed and have been deployed to the North Natuna Sea,” military spokesman Major General Sisriadi said at the weekend. This includes six warships intended to “drive out the foreign vessels”. “We are not only deploying ships, but also…

Phl, China formally opens Maritime Exercise – UNTV News

FILE PHOTO: A Chinese Coast Guard vessel is pictured on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese Coast Guard will dock in Manila on Monday, January 13 for a five-day goodwill visit, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Friday. PCG spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo said the China Coast Guard, headed by Director General Major General Wang Zhongcai, will visit the country for the conduct of maritime exercises with the PCG. Participating…

Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia? – The Diplomat

Advertisement “Our partners in the Indo-Pacific region…feel increasingly pressured by China’s claim to power. They want a clear sign of solidarity. For valid international law, for intact territory, for free shipping. It is time for Germany to send out such a signal by showing its presence in the region with its allies.” — German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Without explicitly mentioning the term, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer recently foreshadowed a novel development: a German Freedom of Navigation Operation — or FONOP — in the South China Sea. While her…

South China Sea humiliation: Why China’s military bases could crumble in US conflict | World | News

China has engulfed the South China Sea with man made island bases, and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of China’s quest for dominance in the region. A leaked set of photos given to a Filipino newspaper showed just how elaborate the developments…