Could US-Indonesia Cooperation End China’s Growing Aggression In The South China Sea?

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The entire world is aware of China’s rising aggression and unilateral claims in the South China Sea region. While all countries are busy tackling the Covid-19 problem, China is continuing its military aggression in the disputed territory.

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And it’s clear that China’s actions and unilateral claims are only to control the resources in the region. China has deliberately violated the existing law by carrying out many illegal acts. It tends to overlook the fact that Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia are the only nations that have legal jurisdiction over the region.

Beijing has no coherent legal basis for its “Nine-Dashed Line” claims in the region since it was formally announced in 2009. It is a vaguely-located demarcation line used by China and Taiwan for their claims over the South China Sea.

As one of the major countries in ASEAN, Indonesia, strongly opposes China’s confrontation in the South China Sea, especially when at the end of 2019, China’s vessel trespassed in the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Natuna.

On several occasions, China’s fishing boats were found entering the Indonesian territorial waters, escorted by China’s coast guard as reported by The New York Times. In addition, recently an illegal sea-glider drone allegedly belonging to the Chinese Navy was found by fishermen in the Selayar Islands, Indonesia.

Moreover, China has been aggressively building ports, military installations, and airfields, especially in the Paracel and Spratly Islands. It looks like Beijing is ready to fight against any country opposing its move even though it has no right over the region.

Could US-Indonesia Cooperation End China’s Growing Aggression In The South China Sea?

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