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Jakarta disregards Beijing, renames part of South China Sea

Indonesia first to invoke 2016 decision by Permanent Court of Arbitration

Indonesian officials show off the latest official map of the country, with the newly designated North Natuna Sea. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs)

JAKARTA -- Citing a decision last year of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Europe that has been ignored by China, Indonesia has renamed its exclusive economic zone in the southwestern part of the South China Sea.

Jakarta revealed the newly designated North Natuna Sea on Friday when it unveiled a new official map of the national archipelago. It reflects recent negotiations with Southeast Asian neighbors, and the 2016 findings of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in the Netherlands on the dispute in the South China Sea between China and the Philippines.

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