China’s Adventure in Natuna Will Continue, Strengthen RI’s Coast Guard

IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – JAKARTA – MPR Chair Bambang Soesatyo reminded the government that China’s adventure in the North Natuna Sea will continue or repeat itself. Therefore, strengthening the Indonesian coast guard fleet in Natuna waters has become very relevant.

“China’s provocation in Natuna waters, which seemed so real in the second week of December 2019, is a repeat of a similar event in 2016,” said Bambang Soesatyo, who is familiarly called Bamsoet, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

He explained, in March 2016, Chinese fishing vessels also entered illegally into the Natuna Waters. The goal is none other than stealing fish. Attempts to capture the ship by the TNI were also hindered by Chinese Coast Guard ships.

“The same mode was practiced again in December 2019. Dozens of Chinese fishing vessels entered Natuna waters escorted by Chinese coast guard troops plus frigate warships for IUUF (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing) activities. So, a kind of joint plan to steal fish is known and involves official organs of the Chinese government, “Bamsoet said.

In addition, China has also spoken out against Indonesia’s initiative to change the name of the South China Sea to the North Natuna Sea in July 2017. This Indonesian initiative was criticized by Beijing. “At that time, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang, considered changing the name absurd,” he explained.

China, according to Bamsoet, even reiterated its attitude of rejecting the court’s decision regarding its position in the Natuna waters. As is known, the International Arbitration Court on the South China Sea in 2016 ruled that China’s claims regarding the nine dotted lines in Natuna Waters as the territorial boundaries of the Chinese sea have no historical basis.

“With the establishment of China like that, it is quite clear for Indonesia to act. Based on the 1982 UNCLOS whose legality was strengthened by the 2016 International Arbitration decision, even Indonesia could not withdraw from the North Natuna Sea. And, to maintain the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia over the North Natuna Sea, there is no need for negotiations or negotiations with any party, including even China, “he said.

To realize its ambition to master the Natuna Waters, it is certain that China will continue its adventure in the North Natuna Sea. “They will continue to provoke Indonesia, especially the TNI troops serving in those waters. Therefore, strengthening the Indonesian coast guard fleet in Natuna waters has become very relevant, “concluded Bamsoet. (and)

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