Beijing protested against Indonesia's S. China Sea actions
The Straits Times|December 02, 2021
China objected to drilling, military exercises in disputed area this year

SYDNEY/JAKARTA China told Indonesia to stop drilling for oil and natural gas in maritime territory that both countries regard as their own during a months-long standoff in the South China Sea earlier this year, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The unprecedented demand, which has not been reported, elevated tensions over natural resources between the two sides in a volatile area of global strategic and economic importance.

One letter from Chinese diplomats to Indonesia’s foreign ministry clearly told the country to halt drilling at a temporary offshore rig as it was taking place in Chinese territory, said Mr Muhammad Farhan, an Indonesian lawmaker who belongs to Parliament’s national security committee.

“Our reply was very firm, that we are not going to stop the drilling because it is our sovereign right,” he told Reuters.

Three other people confirmed the letter. Two of them said China made repeated demands that Indonesia stop drilling.

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