Indonesia protecting South China Sea territory against ‘foreign’ threats

Southeast Asia’s largest economy is defending its maritime rights within the disputed South China Sea in a perceived act against Chinese encroachment. Indonesia has long maintained an exclusive economic zone in waters claimed by Beijing, but unlike many of its neighbours, it’s never been a player in the long-simmering conflict that’s weighed on intra-Asian relations. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all assert sovereign rights over parts of the South China Sea, which is rich in resources and boasts key maritime routes. Recent actions revealed Jakarta’s heightened commitment to safeguarding its boundary as Beijing expands its footprint in the area.

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