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Jakarta Post

Nothing to discuss: Indonesia says ‘no legal basis’ for China’s claim on the Natunas

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 1, 2020   /  07:30 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (‘center’), accompanied by Navy chief of staff Adm. Ade Supandi (‘left’) and other senior officials, inspects the warship KRI Imam Bonjol 383 after a Cabinet meeting onboard in the Natuna waters, Riau Islands, on June 23.(Courtesy of Setpres/Krishadiyanto)

Indonesia has dismissed China’s invitation to sit down for a dialogue to “manage disputes” over Indonesia’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea in the Riau Islands province, arguing that there are no overlapping claims there – a message Indonesia has sent consistently since 2016. Following revelations of a wave of illicit activity by Chinese coastguard and fishing vessels in Natuna waters last week, Indonesia summoned Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian on Monday to lodge a formal protest. The Foreign Ministry said Indonesia would never recognize China's “Nine-Dash Line” – the geographic expression of Beijing's sweeping claims over the South China Sea – because it was contrary to international law. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang insisted on Tuesday that the ships were pe...