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Indonesia, Japan deepen talks on joint development in South China Sea

Fisheries development, security cooperation aimed at countering Chinese pressures

An Indonesian naval vessel, left, inspects a Chinese flagged fishing boat near the Natuna Islands, Indonesia, in June 2016, in this Indonesian Navy handout photo.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia and Japan on Wednesday said talks are deepening to develop maritime cooperation in some of the outermost Indonesian regions, including the Natuna archipelago, which borders the South China Sea.

Development of local fisheries-related industries, including construction of fishing ports and fish transport ships, is high on the agenda. But security cooperation is also part of the discussions, with the two countries agreeing on "construction of vessels for patrol and multipurpose vessels," according to their joint press statement.

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