Beijing criticizes Indonesia renaming part of South China Sea
Sunday 16/July/2017 - 10:52 AM
Indonesia has become the latest Southeast Asian nation to ruffle China's feathers over the South China Sea، according to "CNN".
In an act of defiance against Beijing's territorial ambitions in the region، Indonesia will refer to the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the "North Natuna Sea." At a press conference in Jakarta، Deputy Minister for Marine Sovereignty Arif Havas Oegroseno unveiled a new map with the renamed territory. "We need to continue updating the naming of the sea and report to the United Nations about the borders،" Oegroseno told Indonesia's state-run news agency Antara. "This (system) would allow the international community to know whose territory they pass through،" he added.Part of the renamed area falls in China's "nine-dash line" -- waters extending hundreds of miles to the south and east of China's island province Hainan.