Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
This was said by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi when speaking with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo via telephone on August 3.
In the conversation, Retno discussed two things with Pompeo, namely the development of the peace process in Afghanistan and the situation in the South China Sea.
Regarding the South China Sea, Retno emphasized again to Pompeo regarding Indonesia’s position which wants to continue to keep these waters stable and peaceful.
Retno emphasized to all parties to respect international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on Maritime Law (UNCLOS).
“And I specifically emphasize that open conflict anywhere, including in the South China Sea, will not benefit any party,” said Retno in a virtual press conference on Friday (7/8).
Retno made that statement when the escalation of tensions between the US and China continued to escalate in the South China Sea.
In recent times, China and the US have continued to compete to deploy their military aircraft and ships to the South China Sea both for patrols and for holding exercises.
China’s deployment of a military fleet to the South China Sea is an affirmation of its historical claim to nearly 90 percent of the waters.
China’s unilateral claim overlaps with the maritime areas of a number of Southeast Asian countries to Taiwan and makes the South China Sea a waters prone to open conflict.
Meanwhile, even though it does not have territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the US continues to oppose China’s historical claims in these waters which are considered by Uncle Sam’s country as an international territory that anyone can pass.
A few days before communicating with Pompeo, Retno also held a virtual bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday (30/7).
During the meeting, Retno emphasized to Wang Yi that Indonesia did not want the disputes in the South China Sea to get sharper, let alone lead to open conflict or war.
Retno also emphasized that all countries in the Southeast Asian region have the same interest in maintaining a peaceful and stable regional situation, including in the South China Sea.
To Wang Yi, Retno also emphasized that Indonesia has no territorial claims with China in the South China Sea.
(RDS / DEA)