Indonesia deploys fighter jets, warships to disputed waters in China spat

Indonesia has deployed 8 navy vessels and 4 fighter jets to the waters around Natuna islands, bordering the South China Sea, warning China that it will not tolerate incursions into its territory. – EPA pic, January 8, 2020.

INDONESIA has deployed fighter jets and warships to patrol islands near the disputed South China Sea, the military said today, escalating tensions with Beijing after a diplomatic spat over “trespassing” Chinese vessels.

President Joko Widodo is also heading today to the fishing-rich waters around the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China despite competing claims from other Southeast Asian nations including Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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