Skip to comments.China’s Newest Maritime Dispute
Posted on 03/20/2014 10:57:14 PM PDT by bkopto
China is hardly in need of additional territorial disputes these days, but it seems to have a new one on its hands.
Last week a senior Indonesian defense official announced that Chinas new drawing of its nine-dash line includes waters that Jakarta claims as its own.
China has claimed Natuna waters as their territorial waters. This arbitrary claim is related to the dispute over Spratly and Paracel Islands between China and the Philippines. This dispute will have a large impact on the security of Natuna waters, assistant deputy to the chief security minister for defense strategic doctrine Commodore Fahru Zaini said, according to Indonesias official news agency, Antara.
The Natuna waters (named after the islands they border) are part of Riau Islands Province in Indonesia, located along the southern part of the strategic Strait of Malacca. They are part of the South China Sea. Fahru explained that a new map on Chinese passports encompasses part of the Natuna waters, raising the irk of Indonesian officials.
What China has done is related to the territorial zone of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia. Therefore, we have come to Natuna to see the concrete strategy of the main component of our defense, namely the National Defense Forces (TNI), Fahru, who was visiting the Riau Islands, added. He went on to complain that Chinas nine-dash line isnt transparent owing to the fact that it doesnt include precise coordinates.
Interesting, as Scott Cheney-Peters notes over at the excellent Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) blog, just weeks before Fahru made the announcement about Chinas encroachment, Indonesia had announced it was building up its naval, air and army forces on and around the Natuna Islands as a preemptive measurement against instability in the South China Sea.
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Who didn’t see that coming??? And what can Obama do??? Go play golf...