An Indonesian crew spots a Chinese coastguard vessel in the waters around the Natuna Islands. Photo: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency An Indonesian crew spots a Chinese coastguard vessel in the waters around the Natuna Islands. Photo: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency
An Indonesian crew spots a Chinese coastguard vessel in the waters around the Natuna Islands. Photo: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency
South China Sea

South China Sea: what does Beijing want in Indonesia’s Natuna Islands?

  • Beijing says it just wants to fish in waters where it has historical rights. That is a problem, because it’s within the same area Indonesia claims as its EEZ
  • For Jakarta, Chinese incursions are a threat to sovereignty and may compel it to look to the US, as part of a strategy of military deterrence

Topic |   South China Sea
An Indonesian crew spots a Chinese coastguard vessel in the waters around the Natuna Islands. Photo: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency An Indonesian crew spots a Chinese coastguard vessel in the waters around the Natuna Islands. Photo: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency
An Indonesian crew spots a Chinese coastguard vessel in the waters around the Natuna Islands. Photo: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency
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