China Protests Indonesia´s ´North Natuna Sea´

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 , 10:00:00 WIB -

A sea police is seen securing Vietnamese fishermen who have been apprehended for illegal fishing, Makobar Port, Riau Archipelago, Friday (14/7). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – China objects Indonesia’s new map that changed part of ‘South China Sea’ into ‘North Natuna Sea’. The country’s foreign affairs ministry described the move as unconducive.

"Some nations rename their sea. It means nothing and is unconducive," said Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for China’s foreign affairs ministry, Beijing, Friday (14/7).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China calls for all related nations ‘to maintain the conducive situation in South China Sea,’ which they say ‘is not always easy to maintain’.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan, said the renaming is vital for Indonesia to secure its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone.

"The government is in no dispute with China at the country’s borders as Indonesia uses its maritime zone according to the Convention of the Law of the Sea," he said.

Deputy I, Coordinating Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arif Havas Oegroseno, said Indonesian does not negotiation with other nations who makes a claim without the Convention of the Law of the Sea as the basis, including with China who has declared the nine dash line.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the new name was only made to the sea within Indonesia’s borders. "It only applies around the Natuna waters. Nations sometimes decide to use a local name," he said, Padang, West Sumatera, Saturday (15/7).

"The name has not been listed internationally. So, it is still a name that applies locally," he said.
Jusuf Kalla said Indonesia will study China’s objection. "I don’t know the type of objection they have filed yet," Jusuf Kalla said. (dtc/mag)