Indonesia renames part of South China Sea
Part of the renamed area falls in China’s “nine-dash line” — waters extending hundreds of miles to the south and east of China’s island province Hainan.
Dotted with hundreds small islands, reefs and shoals, the South China Sea is a crucial shipping route and believed to be rich in natural resources, such as oil and gas.
China claims the entirety of the sea, but Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia all have competing territorial claims to parts that are near their respective shores.
In recent years, China has invested heavily in building and militarizing artificial islands in the South China Sea.
Other nations have deployed military assets to assert their territorial claims on a much smaller scale.
Indonesia insists it is a non-claimant in the South China Sea dispute, but has butted heads with China over a standoff involving a Chinese trawler that Indonesia stated was in its fishing waters.