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…

Strategy consultancy Intueri assesses the South China Sea dispute

The South China Sea dispute made little progress in 2019, with a number of stand-offs hardening stances heading into the new year. Bringing an outside perspective from a non-claimant nation, Indian strategy consultancy Intueri has analysed the current state of affairs.    Ambarish Dasgupta, a local Big Four advisory leadership veteran and the founder of Indian multi-disciplinary strategy consultancy Intueri, last year spoke of the firm’s eye toward the international stage, with a specific emphasis given to the booming markets of Southeast Asia. The firm has since outlined some of…

Indonesia president visits Natuna islands amid dispute with China

Jan. 8 (UPI) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Natuna Regency, an archipelago of hundreds of islands in the southern South China Sea on Wednesday, according to local press reports. The Indonesia-administered islands are at the center of national attention following the presence of Chinese vessels in the area last week, the Jakarta Post reported Wednesday. Widodo, who was re-elected in 2019, made the trip to the Natuna islands Wednesday morning, meeting with the area’s governor and Indonesia’s Joint Defense Area Command commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono, according to…

Indonesia-Beijing dispute could lead to tough South China Sea code – South China Morning Post

Indonesia-Beijing dispute could lead to tough South China Sea code  South China Morning Post Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea  Reuters South China Sea fury: How Philippines fumed at China’s ‘cowards’ after sinking  Express.co.uk Indonesia rebukes China’s latest South China Sea claim  Sydney Morning Herald Indonesia says China’s claims over South China Sea ‘have no legal basis’  The Japan Times View full coverage on Google News Source link

ASEAN Outlook to solve South China Sea dispute?

This year marks one of the most important years for ASEAN’s geopolitical landscape. During the plenary session of the 34th ASEAN Summit in June, all member states agreed to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. The brief five-page document emphasised the ASEAN led mechanism in dealing with strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region. It could not be denied that one of the most important ongoing issues in the region is still the South China Sea dispute, so will the Outlook help to solve the ongoing dispute? Initially, the Outlook aims…

A Year of Multiple Standoffs, Few Solutions in South China Sea Dispute | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China confirmed its lead this year in Asia’s biggest maritime sovereignty dispute by sending nonmilitary ships to waters normally controlled by other countries, allowing it to flex muscle without conflicts or diplomatic losses. Pushback from Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam kept Beijing from adding artificial islets or control over existing features in the resource-rich South China Sea in 2019, analysts say. Citing dynastic-era maritime records, China claims 90% of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer tropical waterway that stretches from Hong Kong to Borneo, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan…

China backs down on international waters dispute as Beijing vows to abide by UN sea law | World | News

The move comes after a Chinese research ship was expelled by India when it was caught operating without permission in waters near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Officials in Beijing posted a notice on the Foreign Ministry website warning Chinese institutions, groups and individuals aiming to conduct marine science research in other countries’ territory that they would need “an explicit statement of consent” from that country. The notice said: “Institutions or individuals must comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),…

Vietnam, China agree to keep talking in South China Sea dispute, SE Asia News & Top Stories

HANOI (DPA) – Vietnam and China agreed on Friday (Nov 29) to keep talking and take steps towards peacefully resolving the conflict over the South China Sea, which has seen tensions rising in the region in recent months. The announcement came after a three-day diplomatic visit to China by Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Le Hoai Trung, who held talks with Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Le Yucheng in Beijing. While the ministers stopped short of saying they expected tensions to cease, they agreed to “resolve conflicts in an appropriate and peaceful…