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15 Jan 2019 1:09 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Is Indonesia and China Heading for A Territorial Clash..." to "Are Indonesia and China Heading for A Territorial Clash..."

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Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse15 Jan 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

….In The South China Sea?

"While Indonesia does not recognize any boundary dispute with China, President Joko Widodo is flexing strong sovereign claim to the gas-rich Natuna Islands.

Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, President Joko Widodo has followed through on a two-year-old pledge to strengthen Indonesia's military presence on Natuna Besar, the largest of several hundred small islands on the southern fringe of the waterway.

Indonesian officials familiar with the plan say the 1,720 kilometer island the closest large land mass to an increasingly assertive China will soon be equipped with a surface-to-air missile system, elements of a marine battalion and upgraded air and naval base facilities. The military base was opened in mid-December…."


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Lion in the Stars15 Jan 2019 7:35 p.m. PST


I have this unfortunate image that Pres Xi is going to keep pushing until someone shoots somebody.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 8:23 p.m. PST


I agree with Lion.

My guess is the Chinese eventually get their way, in the end, since no one in the region has the strength to oppose them, and they can't agree to ally with one another, or hold China's feet to the fire.

They don't even dare bring up these concerns at the ASEAN meetings, which says a lot about China's ability to buy people/countries off.

capt jimmi16 Jan 2019 6:52 a.m. PST

yes, inevitably. Already has been incidents .

Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse16 Jan 2019 12:03 p.m. PST

Also Agree….


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