Indonesian president says China's main claim in South China Sea has no legal basis




 
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March 23rd, 2015  
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Topic: Indonesian president says China's main claim in South China Sea has no legal basis


By Kanupriya Kapoor and Linda Sieg JAKARTA/TOKYO (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo says one of China's main claims to the majority of the South China Sea has no legal basis in international law, but Jakarta wants to remain an "honest broker" in one of Asia's most thorny territorial disputes. Widodo's comments in an interview with a major Japanese newspaper come as he embarks on a visit to Japan and China and is the first time he has taken a position on the issue since coming to power in October. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas.




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