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Jakarta Post

South China Sea dispute a potential rift in RI-China ties: Envoy

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 25 2010   /  10:22 am

Illegal Chinese vessels entering Indonesian waters in the South China Sea pose a challenge to the bilateral relations between Jakarta and Beijing, says a former envoy.Former Indonesian ambassador to China Sudrajat, said Monday the dispute over the illegal activities by Chinese vessels should be settled immediately before sparking a bigger rift.Last year, six Chinese fishing vessels entered the Natuna waters, Indonesian territory in the South China Sea. Some classified reports said the vessels were also equipped with weaponry systems, but Sudrajat stopped short of confirming the reports.“China has said the Natuna waters in the South China Sea is their traditional fishing territory,” Sudrajat, who ended his tenure as ambassador to China late last year after serving for four years, told a forum at the Foreign Ministry. Sudrajat said China did not claim the territory as theirs, but both ...