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Rethinking borderless world: Lesson from South China Sea

  • I Made Andi Arsana


Yogyakarta   /   Mon, March 9, 2020   /  11:22 am
Rethinking borderless world: Lesson from South China Sea China Coast Guard Ship-5202 overshadows KRI Usman Harun-359 while carrying out patrols approaching Chinese trawler fishing vessels conducting fishing in the EEZ of North Indonesia Natuna Island, on Jan. 11. (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)

More than three decades ago, the Berlin Wall, once considered one of the strongest international borders separating nations, fell. Following the collapse of the wall, Kenichi Ohmae, also known as Mr. Strategy, stated that we lived in a borderless world. Now, we might ask, is that true? In the final days of 2019, Indonesia once again grappled with the issue of China’s fishing activities in the north of Natuna Islands, which borders the South China Sea. Even earlier, the Chinese claimed the maritime territory as their traditional fishing ground. On the other hand, Indonesia believes the area is part of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Through a rigorous geospatial analysis, Indonesia is, in fact, entitled to an EEZ up to the maritime area, pursuant to UNCLOS, which stipulates that every coastal state is en...

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