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Indonesia joins neighbors in protesting Beijing’s claims in South China Sea

  • Dian Septiari
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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, June 1, 2020   /  01:20 pm
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Indonesian Navy and Coast Guard vessels sail through Natuna waters off Riau Islands.(Antara/-)

Indonesia has rejected China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea, following in the footsteps of its Southeast Asian neighbors, which have lodged similar concerns with the United Nations. In a letter sent to the UN secretary-general last week, Indonesia reiterated its long-standing position that it was not party to any territorial disputes in the South China Sea, while maintaining that China’s historic claim to the sea “clearly lacks international legal basis". Indonesia is the only nonclaimant state in Southeast Asia that sent such a letter of protest, although its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea is located adjacent to the highly disputed waters. Jakarta said such a letter, however, was not unprecedented, because similar exchanges of views also happened in 2009 and 2010 at the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (C...