Tag Archives: Indonesia

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

JAKARTA: Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday. The incident happened Saturday when surveillance vessels chased and caught a Chinese fishing boat allegedly operating in waters near the Indonesian Natuna Islands without a permit, Fisheries Minister […]

Indonesia has nothing to do with South China Sea, Jokowi Says

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the South China Sea conflict was one of the issues discussed by ASEAN member states along with the United States in the US-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands Center, California, February 15, 2016. However, Jokowi said that Indonesia would not be involved in the conflict because the country’s […]

Indonesia is building a “Pearl Harbor” in the South China Sea complete with fighter jets

The Natuna archipelago, a remote part of Indonesia in the South China Sea, consists of about 280 sleepy islands. Inhabitants there survive mostly on fishing or farming. It seems an unlikely place for a military buildup, but this week Indonesian defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told Kyodo News that his military plans to send soldiers, three […]

Indonesia looks to boost defenses around Natuna Islands in South China Sea

JAKARTA – Indonesia plans to strengthen its capability to defend its land and waters in the South China Sea, namely the Natuna Islands around which the country has declared an exclusive economic zone that overlaps with China’s “nine-dash line” maritime claim, its defense minister said Tuesday. “The Natuna Islands are our outer islands. It is […]

Indonesia to voice concerns on China’s maritime claims at ASEAN summit

JAKARTA – Indonesia will openly express its opposition to China’s vast claims in the South China Sea when Southeast Asian senior officials, ministers and leaders gather over the coming days in Kuala Lumpur for a series of annual meetings, stressing that China’s “nine-dash lines” map has no legal basis, a government source said Friday. The […]

Najib: Resolve South China Sea issue through peaceful means

Disputes on territorial claims over the South China Sea should be resolved through peaceful means and in accordance with international laws, said Najib Abdul Razak. Opening the 27th Asean Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the Malaysian prime minister urged all parties to the disputes to exercise restraint. “We stress the importance of resolving […]

Indonesia May Take China To Court Over South China Sea

Jakarta is contemplating the possibility of taking China before an international court if Beijing refuses to back down on its claims over the majority of the South China Sea and part of Indonesian territory through dialogue. Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea with a nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime hub […]

Regional superpower’ has encroached into Malaysia’s maritime territory: DPM Ahmad Zahid

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A regional superpower has encroached into maritime territory by constructing airstrips, jetties and other facilities on three atolls just 155km from Sabah, says Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Without naming the superpower concerned, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid said the country’s motives of building the facilities 3,218km […]

Would Indonesia Actually Challenge China’s Nine-Dash Line in International Court?

A top Indonesian official recently said his country was seeking clarification on the extent of Chinese claims to the South China Sea – and could take China to international court if that clarity isn’t forthcoming. Luhut Pandjaitan, the chief of staff to Indonesian President Joko Widodo as well as Jakarta’s coordinating minister for political, legal, […]

Indonesia Hints at South China Sea Litigation

Could we be witnessing a legal cascade in the South China Sea? Most states with claims have thus far eschewed formal legal challenges to China, but that could be changing. In the wake of the Philippines’ legal victory against China (if only on jurisdictional questions), Indonesia’s security chief has suggested that his country might also […]