14 Sep '11, 11am

China has no-one to blame but itself for this -- joint Indonesia-Vietnam patrols in South China Sea via @AaronHEllis

China has no-one to blame but itself for this -- joint Indonesia-Vietnam patrols in South China Sea via @AaronHEllis

Indonesia and Vietnam agreed on 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. -- PHOTO: AP JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia and Vietnam agreed on 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.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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