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Natuna Islands
« on: June 10, 2018, 04:57:26 PM »
From: http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2130258/us-may-upset-beijing-after-it-backs-indonesian-claim-south

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In 2002, Indonesia renamed the section of the South China Sea within its EEZ the Natuna Sea, except for the waters north of the Natuna Islands.

And in 2015, it called upon the US to help host military exercises near the sparsely populated archipelago.

With the latest name change, South China Sea is no longer used for any part of Indonesia’s territorial waters.

While China recognises Indonesian sovereignty over the Natuna Islands, it insists the two countries have overlapping claims to maritime rights and interests in the area that still need to be resolved – a claim that Indonesia rejects.

Immediately after the name change, China expressed opposition to the move, saying changing an “internationally accepted name” resulted in the “complication and expansion of the dispute, and affects peace and stability” and will not be “conducive” for the peaceful relationship between Jakarta and Beijing.


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Natuna Islands: Indonesia says no 'overlapping' South China Sea claims with China
Wed 22 Jun 2016, 6:49 PM AEST

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-22/no-overlapping-claims-with-china-in-indonesian-waters-says-fm/7534498?pfmredir=sm

Indonesia's Foreign Minister has rejected China's stance that the two Asian nations have overlapping claims in the South China Sea, where there has been a run of skirmishes between Indonesian navy ships and Chinese vessels.

Indonesia is not part of a broader regional dispute over China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea and Beijing's claims on swathes of key waterways.

On Monday, China's Foreign Ministry said the two nations do not have any territorial disputes, but there were some overlapping claims on "maritime rights and interests".

But Jakarta has objected to China's inclusion of waters around the Indonesian-ruled Natuna Islands within a "nine-dash line" Beijing marks on maps to show its claim on the body of water.

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Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Monday that the nation would be more assertive in protecting its exclusive right to the waters around the Natuna Islands.

Despite this more assertive stance, Ms Retno said relations between the two countries remained good.

    "This is a matter of law enforcement, not politics," she said.

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Re: Natuna Islands
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2018, 03:54:53 PM »
Indonesia opens military base on edge of South China Sea to ‘deter security threats’
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 5:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 December, 2018, 1:06pm

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2178741/indonesia-opens-military-base-edge-south-china-sea-deter?fbclid=IwAR1csCr_JfW0WaTXkzEE7ipFcwHAsUKezKn5O71nCpZNMZFvP6sxgVAMzWk

President Joko Widodo, who is seeking re-election, stressed the government is ready to make clear that the Natuna Islands are its sovereign territory

Jakarta and Beijing have had maritime skirmishes in the area, as China insists the two countries’ claims to rights and interests overlap

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Indonesia this week opened a military base with more than 1,000 personnel on the southern tip of the disputed South China Sea, where the territorial claims of China and several other countries overlap.

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The base, which opened on Tuesday, is located in Selat Lampa on Natuna Besar Island – part of the Natuna Islands – one of the country’s outermost areas and more than 200km off the island of Borneo.

Indonesia is not a claimant state in the South China Sea but Jakarta and Beijing have had several maritime skirmishes in the resource-rich area, including one in 2016 when an Indonesian patrol boat seized a 300-tonne Chinese fishing vessel.

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