Indonesia's navy has conducted a four-day exercise in the South China Sea, it said Friday, in what appears to be a major show of force against Chinese claims to the waters. Twenty-four warships participated in the exercise that began Tuesday, including two missile destroyers and four escort vessels. Land-based training was also incorporated.
H/T: Nikkei Asian Review
A portion of the exercise was staged near Indonesia's Natuna Islands. The borders of the exclusive economic zone around Natuna overlap with the "nine-dash line" map claimed by China.
Indonesia has declined China’s invitation to hold talks on what Beijing called “overlapping claims of maritime rights and interests” in waters off the Natunas, which lie in the southern reaches of the South China Sea.https://t.co/lNIB0lwZyM— Radio Free Asia (@RadioFreeAsia) July 23, 2020
The United States' policy is crystal clear: The South China Sea is not China’s maritime empire. If Beijing violates international law and free nations do nothing, history shows the CCP will simply take more territory. China Sea disputes must be resolved through international law. pic.twitter.com/H6IXWdxVA9— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 25, 2020
Australian ships confronted by Chinese navy in South China Sea last week.— Eagle News (@EagleNews_HK) July 23, 2020
The 5 Australian warships were going to the Philippine Sea for training exercises with the American and Japanese navies.https://t.co/og3TZk7FL1
"After the #Australian Navy encountered Chinese PLA Navy ships in disputed waters off of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, they declared China’s claims on the territory as illegal. " (SMH) #China #ccP #SouthChinaSea https://t.co/8iJHwiXCpe— Antonio Graceffo (@Brooklynmonk) July 25, 2020
Australia's military adventure will risk and destabilize the region as#Australia joins #US and #Japan for navy drills in the Philippine Sea as concerns grow over #China. In potential prospect of war, nations like #PNG and #Indonesia will be in arms way.https://t.co/RWk2GdDORS— Robert Nemala 🇵🇬 (@RNemala) July 23, 2020
The democracies stand together against aggression from China and its client state, the Pakistani military junta.https://t.co/NHnsOTJ3nt— Lawrence Sellin (@LawrenceSellin) July 25, 2020
#USSRonaldReagan conducts flight-ops while underway in the #PhilippineSea providing a #ForceToBeReckonedWith that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific pic.twitter.com/yqOTJsVFcA— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) July 23, 2020
#US #IndoPacific Command:— Indo-Pacific News (@IndoPac_Info) July 24, 2020
Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 fly over the Reagan Carrier Strike group, #Australian & #Japanese Navy ships in the #Philippine Sea #Allies #USNavy#NavyPartnerships#ForgedByTheSea#ForceToBeReckonedWith#FreeandopenIndoPacific