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Indonesia seeks Japan’s help in developing Natuna

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 11 2020   /  12:33 am
Top diplomacy: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) welcomes Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday. (Indonesian Presidential Palace/AFP)(right) welcomes Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday. (Indonesian Presidential Palace/AFP)

Top diplomacy: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) welcomes Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday. (Indonesian Presidential Palace/AFP)After personally visiting Natuna regency in Riau Islands to put a damper on the spat with the Chinese coast guard there earlier this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has now invited Japan to invest more in developing the outermost islands bordering the highly disputed South China Sea.Jokowi delivered his invitation at the State Palace on Friday when he met with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who responded with not only a commitment to help develop Natuna, but also to empower Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) — which has been at the forefront of patrols in Natuna waters as part of Indonesia’s "white hull" diplomacy (as opposed to the gray hulls of the Nav...