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Jokowi distances himself from South China Sea comments

2015-03-25 08:41:32       source:Today

March 25, 2015


"Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tried to distance himself from comments he had made regarding Beijing and its South China Sea claims, saying yesterday that Jakarta would not side with any country in the ongoing dispute. "I need to declare that Indonesia is not siding with any party involved in the dispute," Mr Widodo told a press conference held during his official visit to Japan.


In an interview with a Japanese newspaper on Sunday, the President said one of Beijing’s main claims to the majority of the South China Sea had no legal basis in international law, but Jakarta wanted to remain an "honest broker" in one of Asia's most thorny territorial disputes."


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