Indonesia Fights Growing Pressure from China to Let it Use Use Disputed Waters | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China is raising pressure on Indonesia over rights to use a contested tract of sea and challenging the militarily weaker Southeast Asian country to consider options from friendly dialogue to strong protests.  Indonesia spotted as many as 63 “trespassing” Chinese vessels in 30 locations within its maritime exclusive economic zone last month, the research platform East Asia Forum says in a January 15 report.  Another spate followed in early January.  Chinese coast guard vessels had escorted some, media reports from Jakarta say.  Though not a first between the two…

South China Sea news: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China claims vast areas of the energy-rich waters and has established military outposts on artificial islands. The contested waters are also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas. Mr Nagashima, who also sits on the National Security Committee, told representatives from more than 30 countries, including Russia and the US, the actions of Beijing poses…

Indonesia Deploys Fighter Jets & Warships to Disputed South China Sea in Spat With China

A ship (top) of the Chinese Coast Guard is seen near a ship of the Vietnam Marine Guard in the South China Sea. The Indonesian military said it had deployed eight warships and four jet fighters ahead of President Joko Widodo’s visit in an apparent bid to assert its sovereignty over the region. AFP Last Updated: January 8, 2020, 5:42 PM IST Jakarta: Indonesia has deployed fighter jets and warships to patrol islands near the disputed South China Sea, the military said on Wednesday, escalating tensions with Beijing…

Indonesia’s President Visits Island in Waters Disputed by China

JAKARTA — President Joko Widodo visited an island in waters disputed by China on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty amid a standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels. The confrontation began in mid-December when a Chinese coast guard vessel and fishing boats, entered waters in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, off the coast of the northern Natuna islands, prompting Jakarta to summon Beijing’s ambassador. Widodo told reporters on Natuna Besar island that the disputed waters belong solely to Indonesia. “We have a district here, a regent, and a governor here,” he said.…

Indonesian Military Says Chinese Vessels Left Disputed Waters

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s military said on Thursday that Chinese coast guard vessels and fishing boats had left disputed waters in the western reaches of the South China Sea following a visit by President Joko Widodo to assert his nation’s sovereignty. During recent weeks, Jakarta summoned China’s ambassador after the coast guard and fishing boats entered waters around the northern Natuna islands, where Indonesia has established an exclusive economic zone. Indonesia stepped up air and sea patrols in the area, and on Wednesday Widodo visited one of the islands to drive…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in islands disputed by China

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, inspect troops during his visit at Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP) OAN NewsroomUPDATED 8:59 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020 Indonesia is asking Japan to increase its investment in fisheries and energy in islands near the disputed South China Sea. On Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo specifically requested Japan put more resources into its Natuna islands. This comes…

Photos: Jokowi Visits Natuna Islands in Waters Disputed by China

Indonesia Presidents Joko Widodo (Jokowi) walks next to a national flag during his visit at a military base in Natuna, near South China Sea, Indonesia January 8, 2020. Jokowi visited an island in waters disputed by China on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty amid a standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels. Laily Rachev/Courtesy of Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno points at the location of North Natuna Sea on a new map of Indonesia during talks with reporters in Jakarta,…

Confronting China: Why America Needs a Maritime Strategy for Disputed Waters

Over the last two years, Washington’s view of China has shifted substantially. During that time, the United States has taken concrete actions against Beijing, including economic sanctions, the scrutinization of questionable political and economic policies, more assertive freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS), and removal of China from Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. However, these actions have done little to stem Beijing’s bold maritime moves, specifically in the South China Sea (SCS). Instead, China continues to militarize outposts and take aggressive maritime actions that weaken stability in the region and…

Malaysia will continue its claims in disputed South China Sea area, says Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Malaysia will maintain its claim in the disputed South China Sea area despite China’s objection to Malaysia’s submission of the claim to the United Nations last month, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. The minister said the ministry has expected Beijing’s move and described it as “normal”. “For China to object is something that we expect. This is normal. I’m not saying we are okay about it, but it is our claim and we will maintain that, ” he told a press conference at Wisma Putra here Friday…

US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions | USA News

Navy warships have sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea twice in the past few days, the United States military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of tension between the world’s two-largest economies. The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier this week during high-level talks, China called on the US military to stop flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and adding “new uncertainties” over democratic Taiwan,…