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Indonesia needs to upgrade US alliance to fend off Chinese aggression

Jakarta says Beijing is encroaching on Natuna Sea but it cannot resist by itself

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China Coast Guard ship is seen from an Indonesian naval ship in the Natuna Sea on January 11: Indonesia is left with only one viable option.   © Antara Foto/Reuters

Emanuele Scimia is a journalist and analyst with several media outlets, covering foreign affairs and defense issues.

The Natuna Sea, which surrounds a chain of Indonesian islands off the northwest coast of Borneo, has become the latest point of dispute in the fight between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors over the South China Sea.

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