World Indonesia adds patrols after detecting ships in South China Sea
U.S. Air Force Accused of Trolling China Military During Recon Op
A Chinese think tank objected to the U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft's use of "JUNKY81" as a call sign during a close-in operation on Tuesday.The Peking University-affiliated South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said overflight operations by an American RC-135S Cobra Ball took the aircraft within 26 nautical miles of China's coastline.
Indonesia’s navy has increased patrols around its Natuna islands in the South China Sea after Chinese and US vessels were detected nearby in international waters, despite saying there the vessels had not caused any disturbance, a navy official said.
Five navy vessels, assisted by an air patrol, have been deployed in North Natuna Sea to secure the area, Indonesian Navy western fleet commander Arsyad Abdullah told reporters on Thursday.
US sails through South China Sea days after China institutes new maritime ID rules
A US destroyer sailed near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the US Navy's 7th Fleet announced, days after China imposed new maritime identification rules that include the disputed body of water. © Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Deanna C. Gonzales/U.S. Navy The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold, shown here transiting the Taiwan Strait in a July 2021 file photo, sailed near the Spratly Islands on Wednesday.
“The Navy’s position on the North Natuna Sea is very firm in protecting national interests within the Indonesian jurisdiction in accordance with national law and international law that have been ratified so that there is no tolerance for any violations in the North Natuna Sea,” Arsyad said.
In 2017, Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea, as part of a push back against China’s maritime territorial ambitions.
Arsyad said US and Chinese navy ships have been detected nearby recently but said they were not a disturbance, adding that they were still in international waters.
A weeks-long standoff in Natuna occurred early January last year when a Chinese coast guard vessel and accompanying fishing boats entered the northern Natuna Sea, prompting Indonesia to send fighter jets and mobilise its own fishermen.
Japan to Deploy Largest Vessel to Guard Senkaku Islands From China Patrols
China's coast guard has logged record consecutive days of operations in the waters around the disputed East China Sea islands.According to a report on Thursday by Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, the 6,500-ton patrol vessel Asazuki will join the Japanese coast guard's Ishigaki branch, which has jurisdiction over the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
“There is no bargaining when it comes to our sovereignty, our country’s territorial,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared following the incident.
In 2016, an Indonesian naval vessel also fired on a Chinese fishing boat accused of illegal fishing near Natuna, following a series of confrontations that year.
That same year Indonesia also destroyed 23 foreign fishing boats from Malaysia and Vietnam accused of illegal fishing in Indonesian waters.
Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said her agency sank 10 Malaysian and 13 Vietnamese boats that were caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters.
China has not claimed the Natuna islands but says it has nearby fishing rights within a self-proclaimed “nine-dash line” that includes most of the energy-rich South China Sea.
That claim is disputed by some Southeast Asian countries and not recognised internationally by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
Indonesia leader lays out priorities for G-20 presidency .
NEW YORK (AP) — With Indonesia poised to assume the presidency of the G-20 next year, the leader of the world's fourth-largest country laid out its priorities to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. In a pre-recorded statement, Joko Widodo said inclusiveness and a sustainable, green economy will top the list during the 2022 presidency themed “Recover Together, Recover Stronger.” He committed to working for the benefit of all, including “vulnerable groups that must be prioritized.