The United States has acknowledged Jakarta’s efforts to protect its territorial waters by rejecting China’s “illegal” claims in the South China Sea. As a result, Washington will seek new ways to cooperate with Indonesia. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the remarks while visiting Indonesia on Thursday as part of a five-day Asia tour.
During the visit, Pompeo also held a joint press conference with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. He welcomed Jakarta’s decision to protect its sovereignty in waters near the island of Natuna in the South China Sea. China also claims ownership of this part of the sea.
At a press conference today, Pompeo called China’s claim for water near Natuna Island illegal.
The Secretary of State said that maritime security protects some of the busiest trade routes in the world. I look forward to collaborating with Indonesia in a new way to ensure maritime security.
Pompeo also visited Indonesia, when Jakarta recently refused to allow several US spy planes to land. Reconnaissance aircraft were actually in the United States P-7 Poseidon maritime surveillance surveillance scheme. These aircraft primarily monitor Beijing’s military activities in the South China Sea. US officials offered to land in Indonesia and take fuel from there. However, Jakarta has rejected such calls.
Before Indonesian President Joko Widodo rejected the US call, US officials approached Jakarta at a high level about the issue. As a result, these high-level communications clearly did not work.
Previously, Pompeo had also opened fire against China in India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. His visit to Asian countries just before the US election was part of an effort to counter Beijing’s influence.
Amid escalating tensions between the United States and China, Washington wants to push Asian countries to its side. It is for this reason that the Trump administration has adopted a strategy to strengthen strategic and economic relations with the countries of the region. Source: Reuters