JAKARTA — Indonesia’s economic interests are jeopardized by China’s territorial claim covering most of the South China Sea, its foreign minister said Thursday, explaining a letter Jakarta sent recently to the United Nations.
“China’s claims potentially affect Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone,” Retno Marsudi said at a virtual news conference. “The Indonesian government remains consistent in its position.”
Indonesia’s letter, dated May 26, says that China’s “nine-dash line” demarcation for the sea lacks a basis in international law, citing the 2016 decision by a Hague tribunal. The text also rejects Beijing’s historical claims on the area.
Unlike with the Philippines, Vietnam