TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA – Observers appreciated the quick response of the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) which immediately deployed its fleet to secure the waters of Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Archipelago. Natuna moment boat The People’s Republic of China (PRC) Coast Guard entered the area.

“Indonesian people need to appreciate every effort made by government institutions, such as Indonesian Navy who have provided a fast and accurate response, to defend Indonesia’s sovereignty and sovereign rights in the waters Natuna as well as other regions in our archipelago,” said the Chairperson of the Indonesian Sinology Forum (FSI), Johanes Herlijanto.

He judged, all this time boat Chinese patrols often commit violations by entering EEZ Indonesia.

According to Johanes Herlijanto, this trend has occurred repeatedly since more than a decade ago.

“They often even intervene when the Indonesian authorities try to enforce the law against fishermen from China who fish illegally in the area,” said the Chinese observer from Pelita Harapan University in a written press statement, Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Disrupt Oil and Gas Exploration

Johanes gave an example, at the end of 2021, several boat The Chinese Coast Guard also visited the Tuna Block oil exploration area which is legally within EEZ Indonesia and disrupt the drilling process in the region.

Johanes suspects that the presence of the China Coast Guard’s largest ship in more or less the same area in January 2023 is still related to Indonesia’s efforts to explore and exploit natural resources in the region.

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Arrival boat The Coast Guard was only a few days after Indonesia gave approval to a British company, Premier Oil, to carry out a resource exploration development plan in the area.

According to Johanes too, the more frequent the attendance boat-China Coast Guard ships in EEZ Indonesia in the waters Natuna need to be considered seriously.

According to him, China’s various maneuvers above can be interpreted as a sign that China intends to control the territory it is becoming EEZ Indonesia is rich in fish and energy resources.

The Chinese government itself has repeatedly made statements showing that they do feel they have rights in territorial waters Natuna that.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in 2020, for example, stated that “China and Indonesia do not have disputes regarding territorial sovereignty, but we have overlapping claims regarding maritime rights and interests in several areas in the South China Sea.”

The same statement was also made in previous years, for example in 2018.

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