Indonesia Will Not Negotiate Its Sovereignty in South China Sea

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thediplomat-2019-12-09-1Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Natuna Islands Wednesday amid renewed tensions with China over the lucrative fishing waters that lie between Malaysia and Borneo.

Jokowi, as Widodo is popularly known, met hundreds of fishermen in the Natuna Islands and inspected two warships deployed in the area, the president’s office said in a statement. Jokowi asserted Indonesia’s rights to exploit the natural resources in the exclusive economic zone following the sighting of Chinese fishing vessels and coast guard ships in recent weeks, according to the statement.

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