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New map asserts sovereignty over Natuna

  • Mar­guerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 15, 2017   /  09:15 am
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Four Vietnamese-flagged fishing boats were caught by an Indonesian maritime patrol boat for allegedly fishing in Indonesian waters.(The Jakarta Post/Source)

An updated map has asserted Indonesia’s sovereignty over contentious territories, unilaterally expanding the country’s borders, but with the entailed risk of drawing protests from neighboring countries. In the past few years, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has been irked by numerous illegal fishing incidents involving foreign vessels in Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in the resource-rich Natuna waters near the disputed South China Sea (SCS). After a series of stern measures, such as blowing up seized foreign-flagged vessels, the government has decided to declare its sovereignty over waters within Indonesia’s 200-nautical-mile EEZ north of Natuna. Under the updated map of Indonesia launched on Friday, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister renamed the EEZ waters north of the Natuna Islands ...