Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks to journalists during a visit to the Natuna Islands. Photo: AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks to journalists during a visit to the Natuna Islands. Photo: AFP

South China Sea: Indonesia pledges to develop resource-rich Natuna Islands to secure maritime borders, boost unity

  • Indonesia sees developing the 27 islands as crucial to protecting its maritime borders in an area frequently visited by foreign vessels from China and Vietnam
  • Jakarta has sent two ministers to the islands to reassure their 81,000 residents and other Indonesian citizens that it is taking the matter seriously, despite a lack of action on the diplomatic front

Topic |   South China Sea
Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks to journalists during a visit to the Natuna Islands. Photo: AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks to journalists during a visit to the Natuna Islands. Photo: AFP
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