Thursday, April 14, 2016

Indonesia's Drilling Plan Ups the Stakes in the South China Sea

State-controlled energy company Pertamina plans to explore for oil and gas in areas close to Indonesia's maritime border in the South China Sea to assert the country's territorial rights, the upstream director of the state-owned company said Tuesday.
"The government needs to have activities around the borders and one of Pertamina's strategies is to support this," Syamsu Alam told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
He said Indonesia had lost sovereignty over two disputed islands in the past because it was not developing those areas.
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"So, like the South China Sea and the borders in North Kalimantan, we need to have some activities there," he said.

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