Indonesia protests to China over border intrusion near South China Sea | News

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:08 a.m. EST JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty”. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a…

China And The Philippines Finally Agree To Cooperate In The South China Sea

The Chinese and Philippine foreign ministers sealed an agreement for the two countries to pursue joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, Xinhua reports. The talks between the two countries on the South China Sea’s oil and gas potential and how to exploit it have been going on for years. An agreement has been difficult to reach, however, mostly because of China’s territorial claims to the basin, which cover nearly the entirety of it. Even so, earlier this year, the presidents of China and the Philippines reached…

Joint development of the South China Sea: The way forward to avoid conflict — Jason Loh | What You Think

JANUARY 16 — The South China Sea remains a flashpoint that is potentially vulnerable to outbreak of armed conflict among the claimant nations – China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. China’s militarisation of the South China Sea by way of installation of military hardware and upgrading of the facilities for military purposes are not conducive for a peaceful or non-military solution. Examples include the construction of hangars and bases for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and Air Force as part of the wider anti-access, anti-denial (AA/AD) first-line of…

Potent New Challenge to Beijing’s Nine-Dash Line – Asia Sentinel

As Vietnam takes over (from January 1) the chairmanship of ASEAN, it has received a welcome, surprise present from Malaysia, one that should strengthen solidarity among the maritime-focused members of the organization in challenging China’s imperialist claims to almost the whole South China Sea, stretching almost to the coasts of Borneo, Luzon and Palawan.  The claims are based on wholly fictitious “historic rights” to seas of which China occupies only about 30 percent of the littoral and which were regularly sailed by the peoples of what are now Vietnam, the…

Asean morning news for January 31, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   China’s growing influence rattles Southeast Asia as U.S. retreats, survey showsChina’s rising economic and political clout in Southeast Asia is a growing source of concern as U.S. influence wanes under President Donald Trump, according to a survey of officials, academics and other professionals published on Thursday.— Reuters ‘The South China Sea connected us, it never divided us’: how Asean can build bridgesRegional trade and investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) cannot be discussed without reference to the larger…

South China Sea crisis: How Iran feud and Australia fires could help China dominate | World | News

US military resources are being stretched further in the Middle East after tensions with Iran nearly escalated into conflict earlier this month. On January 3, President Trump gave the go ahead for a devastating strike which killed Iran’s most important military figure – Qassem Soleimani. In response, Iran hit Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq, which many believed were holding US soldiers, with at least 10 ballistic missiles. While no US soldiers were hurt thanks to pre-strike warnings, the US has nevertheless had to allocate more military resources to the Middle…

Asia Times | How Indonesia stared down China in South China Sea

Although known to be fiercely nationalistic, Indonesia’s diminutive Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi hardly looks the part of a “bad cop.” But that was the role she was apparently called on to play in Indonesia’s recent stand-off with China in sovereign waters north of the Natuna Islands. The hard line taken by Marsudi, chief political minister Mohamad Mahfud and even President Joko Widodo himself stood in contrast to the more conciliatory tone set by Maritime and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Panjaitan and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto. But that, say insiders, ensured…

China vs. Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam

China vs. Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam I recently read an article that said that Malaysia has joined Indonesia and Vietnam to beat China at its own game: The use of lawfare to settle disputes. Lawfare is a term that is new to me. It is a form of war consisting of the use of the legal system against an enemy such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their or winning a public relations victory. The term is a combination of the word law and warfare. Lawfare has been…

PHL, Chinese Coast Guard hold joint maritime drills in Manila – UNTV News

Jakarta – The president of Indonesia on Wednesday visited an island in disputed waters of the South China Sea amid a weeks-long standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels, an outgrowth of the ongoing territorial spat in which Jakarta and Beijing both claim sovereignty over the area. Joko Widodo made the symbolic trip to Natuna Besar – the main island of the Middle Natuna Archipelago in the Riau Islands province – in a bid to assert Indonesia’s claims of ownership of the waters. There, he met with local fishermen and talked…

Will Indonesia Unite ASEAN Against China’s Coercion? – OpEd

China, a new global power, always claims itself as a trusted friend of Southeast Asian countries. It is true that China is ASEAN’s biggest trading partner and a major provider of foreign direct investment and tourists.    Currently, ASEAN is China’s second-biggest trading partner after the European Union.But when it comes to the South China Sea (SCS), an international strategic waterway that is rich in fish, oil, gas as well as marine resources, it is a different China. China wants to turn the SCS into a Chinese lake by claiming…