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Indonesia: Do not escalate sea tensions; RP: We will maintain sovereign rights

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Indonesia: Do not escalate sea tensions; RP: We will maintain sovereign rights

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  • Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yester-day said there will be no quick resolution to competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, warning tensions must not be allowed to escalate.

China essentially claims the whole of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in hydrocarbons and straddles strategic shipping lanes vital to global trade.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims in the waters, causing regular diplomatic flare-ups.

“Short of a comprehensive resolution, the claimants must do their best to manage and contain the disputes to make sure that it does not escalate or worse lead to the outbreak of military clashes,” he told the First Strategic Review Forum in Jakarta..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/headlines/item/1700-indonesia-do-not-escalate-sea-tensions-rp-we-will-maintain-sovereign-rights

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