Indonesia's President Joko Widodo delivers a speech in front of parliament members at the House of Representative building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 16, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta
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President Joko Widodo pledged Tuesday to defend "every inch" of Indonesia's land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.Widodo's underscoring of Indonesia's sovereignty over the Natunas islands – and the resource-rich waters surrounding them – comes at a time of high maritime tensions between Beijing and Jakarta after repeated clashes there.Unlike several of its Southeast Asian neighbors, Indonesia has long maintained it has no maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea and does not contest ownership of any territory there.But Beijing's claims overlap Indonesia's exclusive economic zone – waters where a state has the right to exploit resources – around the Natunas.
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