Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to conduct coordinated patrols in piracy-prone areas in the South China Sea and to set up crisis centres to respond to maritime emergencies, Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said on Thursday.
The decision was made at a meeting of civil and military officials of the three countries hosted by Indonesia in Yogyakarta. The nations are all locked in disputes with China in the South China Sea and the move could anger Beijing.
President Joko Widodo told the media after a courtesy call by the Malaysian and Philippine foreign ministers and armed forces representatives that he had asked the delegates to discuss how patrols will be carried out, according to The Straits Times.
Widodo also asked the delegates to discuss the course of action to be taken when responding to incidents at sea and a common operating procedure between the militaries of the three countries.
“I have encouraged the military commanders to make clear standard operating procedures, so we can carry out our course of action together,” he said.
Marsudi said a dedicated hotline will be set up to facilitate faster exchange of information in times of crises at sea.