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Indonesia detains 'illegal' Vietnamese fishing boats

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Maritime officials say they intercepted 5 fishing boats and apprehended its 68 crew near Indonesia's Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by Beijing

DETAINED. This picture taken in Batam, Kepulauan Riau on March 4, 2020 shows Indonesian officials standing next to Vietnamese fishermen detained by Indonesian authority for illegal fishing in Natuna water. Photo by Teguh Prihatna/AFP

4 Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

May 18, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The island where the accident took place was part of the small Natuna archipelago where there have been repeated clashes between Chinese and Indonesian vessels

TENSIONS AT SEA. This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before Chinese trawler Hua Li-8 in Belawan, North Sumatra. File photo by Abimata Hasibuan/AFP

Indonesia's Jokowi: ASEAN must have common stand on South China Sea

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Indonesia s strategy towards China has been one of the toughest in the region blowing up Chinese fishing boats and deploying navy ships and fighter jets in contested waters in the South China Sea

NATUNAS VISITS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo on board KRI Imam Bonjol warship in Natuna Waters, on 23 June 2016, during his first visit. Photo from the Presidential Palace

Australia plays downs chance of sea patrols with Indonesia

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:47 PM

PM Turnbull: We are not going to undertake any actions which would increase tensions in the South China Sea

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) welcomes Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) summit in Jakarta on March 7, 2017.  Darren Whiteside/Pool/AFP

Preparing for China: Indonesia holds military drill at South China Sea islands

Oct 06, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Chinese fishing and coastguard vessels have been embroiled in repeated confrontations with Indonesian patrol boats and navy ships in waters around the Natunas this year sharply raising tensions between Jakarta and Beijing

NATUNAS VISITS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo on board KRI Imam Bonjol warship in Natuna Waters, on 23 June 2016, during his first visit. Photo from the Presidential Palace

Indonesia vows to defend 'every inch' of territory

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:53 PM

In a state of the nation address he also says Indonesia is actively involved in seeking a peaceful solution to the broader regional dispute about ownership of islands in the South China Sea

STATE OF THE NATION. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) delivers his annual address to parliament at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 16, 2016. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Malaysian plane intercepted by Indonesian fighter jets – official

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:15 PM

A Malaysian official says the C 130 plane was flying a regular route and had continued its journey to Sabah despite the interception

Jokowi visits islands near disputed water to assert sovereignty

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The Indonesia president will visit remote islands close to waters where Chinese and Indonesian vessels have repeatedly clashed

This handout photo released by the Indonesian Navy and available on June 21, 2016 shows Indonesian War Ship KRI Imam Bonjol-363 (L) approaching a Chinese fishing boat (R) in Natuna waters. Indonesian Navy/AFP

Indonesia opens fire on Chinese boat, defends decision

Jun 21, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The shooting was definitely according to procedure

ILLEGAL FISHING. Police on a boat are seen past the remnants of illegal fishing boats blown up with explosives by Indonesian authorities in April 5, 2016.  File photo by AFP

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Mar 21, 2016 - 1:53 PM

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Indonesia, America and China's 9-dash line

Sep 12, 2014 - 2:26 PM

Sitting here in the Defense Ministry of Indonesia the region s biggest potential counterweight to China s aggressive actions it s difficult to see any easy solutions

NEW MAP. A new Chinese map published June 2014 shows a 10-dash line to claim virtually the entire South China Sea. Screen grab from news.xinhuanet.com/Image edited by Rappler