China includes part of Natuna waters in its map

Natuna, Riau Islands (ANTARA News) - China has included part of Natuna waters in Indonesias Riau Islands province in its territorial map, assistant deputy to the chief security minister for defense strategic doctrine Commodore Fahru Zaini stated.

"China has claimed Natuna waters as their territorial waters. This arbitrary claim is related to the dispute over Spratly and Paracel Islands between China and the Philippines. This dispute will have a large impact on the security of Natuna waters," he noted here on Wednesday.

China has drawn the sea map of Natuna Islands in the South China Sea in its territorial map with nine dash lines, he pointed out.

The new map has even been included in the new passports of Chinese citizens, he explained.

"What China has done is related to the territorial zone of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia. Therefore, we have come to Natuna to see the concrete strategy of the main component of our defense, namely the National Defense Forces (TNI)," he explained.

Not only Indonesia but also other countries bordering the South China Sea such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have part of their territory included in the Chinese map, he elaborated.

"But China is not transparent about the coordinates included in their territory," he stated. (*)