23 Jun '16, 3am

Indonesian president sails to South China Sea islands in message to Beijing

Indonesian president sails to South China Sea islands in message to Beijing

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's president visited the Natuna Islands aboard a warship on Thursday (June 23), making a bold move to assert sovereignty over the area in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated its "over-lapping claim" on nearby waters. President Joko Widodo's visit, along with his chief security minister and foreign minister, was described by Indonesian officials as the strongest message that has been given to China over the issue. A presidential palace statement said Mr Widodo intended to hold a cabinet meeting aboard the warship. "In the course of our history, we've never been this stern (with China). This is also to demonstrate that the president is not taking the issue lightly," Chief Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan told The Jakarta Post newspaper. natuna23.jpg Related Story The Natunas incident and Indonesia-China relations Be...

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