Indonesia protests Chinese vessels in South China Sea
MANILA, Philippines — Indonesia has lodged a diplomatic protest over the presence of a Chinese coast guard vessel in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea.
According to a report from The Jakarta Post, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian to protest Beijing’s violations in the Indonesian EEZ.
In a statement released on its official website, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected China’s historic claims over Natuna waters.
“China’s historical claim to EEZ
Jakarta pointed out that this was the argument in the July 2016 decision of The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Philippines’ arbitration against China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea.
The arbitral tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines, invalidating China’s historic nine-dash line claim over the disputed waters.
Indonesia also rejected China’s claim of “relevant waters” in the contested waterway as
Earlier this week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry insisted that it has “sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and sovereign rights and jurisdiction over relevant waters
Jakarta, meanwhile, called on Beijing to explain the legal basis and clear boundaries of its claims in the Indonesian EEZ based on the UNCLOS.
“Based on UNCLOS 1982 Indonesia does not have overlapping claims with the PRC so
In December, Malaysia submitted a request to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to extend its continental shelf beyond the 200-nautical limit in the northern part of the South China Sea.
China, meanwhile, called on the UN committee to not consider Malaysia’s partial submission over its territorial waters in the South China Sea.
Beijing accused Kuala Lumpur of infringing its sovereignty as the request for