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China, Indonesia ‘need to sit down and talk about Natuna’

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, July 14 2016   /  07:18 am
Ruan Zongze (left) - Chen Shiqiu (right)-(JP)

Ruan Zongze (left) - Chen Shiqiu (right)-(JP)In the wake of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision on Tuesday to uphold the Philippines’ claim in its maritime dispute with China, Chen Shiqiu, former Chinese ambassador to Indonesia, and Ruan Zongze, executive vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, discussed the matter in a private capacity with a number of media representatives, including The Jakarta Post, on Wednesday in Jakarta. The following are excerpts.

Question: Are you happy with Indonesia’s reaction or would you expect Indonesia to take a different position?

Chen: Indonesia is not a claimant to the South China Sea islands, or other islands and reefs. And Indonesia is not directly involved in the dispute. We would anticipate Indonesia would take a more objective, just and fair position on this issue, as you did in the past.