Indonesian President: China’s claim over South China Sea has no legal basis

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Japan Sunday, March 22 to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In an interview with a Japanese newspaper, Widodo said China’s claim over virtually the entire South China Sea has no legal basis. “The ‘nine-dashed line’ that China asserts has no basis in any international law,” Widodo told Yomiuri newspaper.

“We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. It is important to have political and security stability to build up our economic growth,” Widodo said.

“So we support the Code of Conduct and also dialogue between China and Japan, China and ASEAN,” the Prime Minister said.

Indonesia and Japan is set to sign a memorandum on defense agreement. President Widodo said, with the said memorandum, Indonesian forces will be able to “work with Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and also covers search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and cyberdefense.”

After visiting Japan, the Indonesian President will visit China.