October 28, 2020, 12.07 AM
Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (right) and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) signing a document during a meeting in Pentagon on October 16, 2020. KBRI WASHINGTON DCIndonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (right) and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) signing a document during a meeting in Pentagon on October 16, 2020.

Media reported that the tension between China and the US has been rising over the past months.

The US Navy patrols which sail through the South China Sea territory continue to put a burden on bilateral relations between the two countries.

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Washington says their presence in the South China Sea is part of a ‘freedom of navigation’ mission and claims that such operations protect the marine traffic.

Meanwhile, Beijing has denounced the US military presence as a provocation that threatens its territorial sovereignty. Beijing also accuses US militarization of the South China Sea.

China warned that unwanted naval activities could cause accidents. The US, however, alleged that Beijing treats the South China Sea as its ‘China’s maritime empire.’

(Writer: Achmad Nasrudin Yahya | Editor: Diamanty Meiliana)

Source: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2020/10/27/10175851/posisi-indonesia-diyakini-tetap-netral-dalam-konflik-lcs-usai-prabowo?page=1

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