Warwick ASEAN Conference

Indonesia’s tensions with China on the rise

Tensions with China on the rise

  • President Joko Widodo pledged to protect the country’s fishing industry, channeling increasing efforts to target illegal fishing in Indonesian waters
  • President Widodo also affirmed sovereignty of Indonesia in South China Sea dispute
  • In June, Indonesia’s navy fired on Chinese fishing boats in the Natuna Sea
  • This military act is defended by Indonesia as they claim territorial rights on waters near Natuna Islands
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