Indonesia, Japan agree to boost cooperation in SCS, to deter China

Indonesia, Japan agree to boost cooperation in SCS, to deter China

China has disturbed the hornet’s nest.
The world’s largest archipelagic country is know more than ever vigilant in making its territory protected from possible poachers from Mainland China.

And as to further strengthen its position it has asked another military power in Asia in the intent of making the status quo is the same in southern edge of the South China Sea.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo stands on the deck of the Indonesian navy ship KRI Imam Bonjol
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Japan and Indonesia just announced that it had agreed to strengthen cooperation in further developing a newly built fisheries facility on the southern edge of the South China Sea and in providing technical support to the Indonesian coast guard. 
This was reached between the two countries  after a week ago Chinese vessels were found with Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered Indonesian -claimed exclusive economic zone north of the Natuna Islands, a remote archipelago more than 1,000 kilometers north of the capital, Jakarta.

"We agreed to strengthen economic cooperation, particularly investment in the outermost Indonesian islands, including Natuna," Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told mediamen after his meeting with her Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi.

The envisioned economic cooperation also covers other outlying islands that are seen as having the good potential for harvesting tuna and other kinds of fish for export to Japan, which is the largest importer of Indonesian tuna.

Indonesia’s North Natuna Sea overlaps slightly with China's "nine-dash" line that marks that country's expansive claims in the South China Sea, where it also has maritime disputes with other ASEAN neighbors Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.
The Japanese foreign minister said he "reiterated that we are going to work very closely regarding the South China Sea." He added that Japan's cooperation in providing technical support to the Indonesian coast guard will begin this month.

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