14 Sep '11, 11am

Indonesia, Vietnam agree joint maritime patrols

Indonesia, Vietnam agree joint maritime patrols

JAKARTA - Indonesia and Vietnam agreed Wednesday to establish joint patrols on their maritime border to improve security in the heavily disputed South China Sea, which is claimed almost entirely by China. Overlapping claims by several Asian nations to parts of the resource-rich sea have led to high tensions, especially with China, which claims almost the entire territory. Indonesia's exclusive economic zone overlaps with China's claim. And while Indonesia does not claim any of the islands in the disputed Spratley or Paracel chains, it does claim the Natuna islands, which China recently claimed as its own. Vietnam also claims part of the sea. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, on his first state visit to Jakarta since his reelection in July, said his country and Indonesia needed to better patrol their border. "We agreed to task our foreign ministries with negotiatin...

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