President Widodo asks Japanese PM to invest in Chinese disputed islands

first_img“I want to invite Japan to invest in Natuna,” he told Motegi, adding thatJapan was one of Indonesia’s major economic partners. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi shakes hands with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 10, 2020. REUTERS Widodo visited Natuna on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty overthe cluster of islands and the waters around them, after reports of Chinese coastguard and fishing vessels hadentered Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone several times since last month. JAKARTA ­–Indonesia President Joko Widodo asked Japan on Friday to step their fisheriesinvestment and energy in some of its parts in South China Sea following astand-off with the Chinese over claimed territories. Widodo made the request for Japan to consider economic opportunities in theNatuna islands during a visit to Jakarta by Japanese Foreign MinisterToshimitsu Motegi, the president’s office said in a statement. China has not claimed the Natuna islands for themselves but says it hasnearby fishing rights within a self-proclaimed Nine-Dash Line – a line onChinese maps that it says shows its territory and waters. The line loops far south from China and includes most of the South ChinaSea, but it is a claim that is not recognized internationally. Vietnam, thePhilippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have rival claims in the South ChinaSea.(Reuters)last_img

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