The Dynamic of Indonesia-China Relations in the Middle of South China Sea Dispute

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This study attempts to analyze the dynamics of Indonesia-China relations in the last five years using a qualitative approach. The data used are the annual reports of Indonesian ministries and government agencies that focus on the area of​​ marine protection. Based on the studies that have been carried out, it can be concluded that the Indonesian government is aware of the importance of investment from China for its development, however, the Indonesian government at the same time stands firm when it comes to matters of maritime territorial sovereignty. The reflection of the firm stance of the Indonesian government can be seen from the enactment of Law Number 32 of 2014 and Law Number 178 of 2014 regulates the management and protection of marine areas and gives a mandate to the Maritime Security Agency to coordinate the affairs of the outermost sea areas. Finally, in the event of an escalation in the South China Sea, the governments of Indonesia and China are trying to put forward a diplomatic approach to resolve affairs on the ground. This approach shows a commitment to maintaining regional stability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalCentral Asia and the Caucasus
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022


  • Indonesia-China Relations
  • South China Sea
  • Territorial Sovereignty


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