Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #05: The Natunas: Territorial Integrity In The Forefront Of Of Indonesia-China Relations


by Suryadinata, Leo; Mustafa Izzuddin

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #05: The Natunas: Territorial Integrity In The Forefront Of Of Indonesia-China Relations

Price:  US$6.48   (SGD9.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 33 pages
Published:  2017, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814786324
SB#:  060277 (102)

About This Book

In May 2017 the Indonesian military conducted a large-scale exercise in the Natuna Islands. This was in the wake of three incidents in 2016 that involved Chinese fishing boats. Jakarta accused the vessels of stealing fish within the Indonesian EEZ but Beijing considered these boats to be carrying out regular activities in Chinese traditional fishing grounds. While the Natunas is likely to remain a perennial issue between Indonesia and China in the short to medium term, it is unlikely to derail the bilateral relationship as economics is likely to continue trumping politics in Sino-Indonesian relations, at least under Indonesian President Jokowi's administration. It is also unlikely to bring about an outright naval confrontation between Indonesia and China.


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