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Indonesia sends a warship to monitor China coast guard vessel

Indonesia sends a warship to monitor China coast guard vessel

Indonesia sends a warship to monitor China coast guard vessel

Indonesia sends a warship to monitor China coast guard vessel

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  • Indonesia  sent a warship to the North Natuna Sea.
  • The Chinese ship CCG 5901 has been traveling in the Natuna Sea
  • Both nations claim resource-rich maritime territory as their own.
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According to the commander of the country’s navy, Indonesia has sent a warship to the North Natuna Sea to keep an eye on a Chinese coast guard boat that has been operating in a resource-rich maritime territory both nations claim as their own.

Laksamana Madya Muhammad Ali, the head of the Indonesian navy, told the sources on Saturday that a warship, a marine patrol plane, and a drone had been sent out to watch the Chinese vessel.

“The Chinese vessel has not conducted any suspicious activities. However, we need to monitor it as it has been in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for some time,” he added.

Since December 30, the Chinese ship CCG 5901 has been traveling in the Natuna Sea, notably close to the gas fields in Vietnam’s Chim Sao oil and gas field and Indonesia’s Tuna Block, according to ship tracking data, the Indonesian Ocean Justice Initiative told Reuters.

The largest coast guard ship in the world, the CCG 5901 from China, is known as “the monster” because of its size. Vessels are granted navigation rights through an EEZ under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Vietnam and Indonesia recently approved a development plan for the Tuna gas field, involving an estimated investment of more than $3bn to commence production. But the presence of a Chinese vessel in their exclusive economic zone (EEZ) may signal increasing Chinese assertiveness in the area.

In 2021, vessels from Indonesia and China kept an eye on one another for several months as they were in close proximity to a submersible oil rig that was conducting tests in Indonesia’s gas-field development area. China demanded that Indonesia stop the test drilling at the time, saying that the operations were occurring on its soil.

Indonesia and China are locked in a row over maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea. Indonesia maintains that under UNCLOS, the southern end of its exclusive economic zone – since renamed North Natuna Sea – is its exclusive maritime zone. It is part of a push back against China’s maritime territorial ambitions in the area.

China asserts that the oceanic space off the coast of Indonesia is under its vast territorial claim in the South China Sea, which is delineated by a “nine-dash line” in the shape of a U. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague determined that the nine-dash line lacked a legitimate foundation.

A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Jakarta was not immediately available for comment.

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