South China Sea Dispute: Will Indonesia Side With The Philippines?

South China Sea Dispute: Will Indonesia Side With The Philippines?
Joko Widodo 2016 – Indonesian President visits IMO/Flickr CC by 2.0

Ahead of the ruling of the international tribunal that hears the territorial dispute case lodged by the Philippines against China over issues in South China Sea, Indonesia is framing its official stance on this heated dispute? Will Indonesia support China or the Philippines?


With this, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered its official to frame a uniform and official stance of the country in the ongoing conflict in the South China Sea, the Jakarta Post reported.

Although Indonesia is not a direct party in the territorial dispute together with the Philippines and some of its ASEAN neighbors, China’s self-recognized nine-dash-line rule overlaps Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Widodo ordered his senior officials to outline the country’s stance on the matter in anticipation of the verdict from the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The international tribunal is expected to dispense its ruling anytime this month or early next month.

Luhut Pandjaitan, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister of Indonesia said the senior officials’ main mandate is to come up with an outline of the country’s position and complete it by Tuesday. Senior officials held meetings after Widodo issued the order Monday.

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“President [Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo] has urged us to formulate our stance on the South China Sea so that all state officials have the same answers [in response to queries on the disputes]. There will be a meeting tomorrow. I hope we can finalize our stance in the meeting because we already have the draft,” Pandjaitan was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post.

Meanwhile, China was adamant in its position not to participate in the proceedings and honor the court’s judgment regardless of its outcomes. Instead, China has been pushing for unilateral arbitration in resolving the issue, that is, only between the Philippines and China or between countries with existing claims in the vast maritime zone.

Also Read: South China Sea War: Who’s On Philippines’ Or China’s Side?

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  • jybarz

    What’s there to think about?

    China wants Philippines to be like Malaysia to just suck up to China; accept China’s lies,
    fraud, thievery and bullying; forget about the US who’s helping
    countries being bullied and defrauded by China; forget about the
    International Court of Arbitration and just let China screw you for
    every territory you got that it wants by hook and by crook.

    China can’t fool and overpower few of the countries with bribes,
    economic and military powers over them like landlocked country Laos,
    Cambodia, African countries, etc (truly laughable), but not every decent democratic country both large and small.

    is so desperate now to get some support from the international
    community very worried that anytime now the court in the Hague will hand
    down its decision on the case the Philippines brought against it which
    is expected to be favorable to the Philippines. The case primarily
    questions China’s “nine dash line” which is pure BS, dubious and
    fictitious…in short, a FRAUD!

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  • jes

    During the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1975, the US 7th Fleet operated from the South China Sea and conducted countless bombing raids over N. Vietnam.

    If the South China Sea belongs to China, why didn’t China ask the US 7th Fleet to leave especially when the US was attacking China’s communist ally N. Vietnam.

    The great Mao Zedong did not claim South China Sea then. What does this say about China’s claim today?