South China Sea: Remaining Idle is Not an Option: Op-Ed by Imron Cotan (F11)

The Jakarta Post

Without fanfare, the third Seminar of “China-Indonesia Relations: Strengthening Partnership and Deepening Regional Cooperation”, jointly organized by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) and Indonesia’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) went smoothly in Beijing a few days ago.

This 1.5 track diplomacy was well attended by noted academicians, journalists and thinkers from both sides. Former vice president Jusuf Kalla also attended the seminar and underscored the strategic importance of Sino-Indonesia relations in the maintenance of regional peace, stability and prosperity.

As predicted, the discussions centered on the South China Sea, an issue which has recently attracted a lot of attention the world over. All participants agreed that this conflict cannot be resolved in the near future.

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