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Did Indonesia Support U.S. Criticism of Beijing’s Actions in South China Sea?

File image of a 2022 meeting between U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (R) and his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto in 2022. Image: Adek Berry / AFP

An interesting dispute has emerged from U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto last week.

According to the Pentagon readout from the joint press conference following the meeting, they committed to working together for regional stability and “[t]hey shared the view that the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

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