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Natuna Islands,

island group (2010 pop. 69,300), 769 sq mi (1,993 sq km), Riau prov., Indonesia, in the South China Sea between the Malay Peninsula (W) and Borneo (E). The more than 250 islands are part of the larger Tudjuh Archipelago; Bunguran is the largest island. The islands' products include timber and coconuts. There are large reserves of natural gas offshore in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone, which has led to tensions with China, which has asserted claims to much of the South China SeaSouth China Sea,
western arm of the Pacific Ocean, c.1,000,000 sq mi (2,590,000 sq km), between the SE Asian mainland and Taiwan, the Philippines, and Borneo. It is connected with the East China Sea by the Taiwan Strait.
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Beijing's yearly unilateral fishing ban is opposed by Vietnam as it covers the South China Sea, specifically in the Paracels, Spratlys, Panatag Shoal off the coast of Zambales and in the waters surrounding the Natuna island chain in Indonesia.
For the SKPT, Susi said that Japan agreed to build it on the Natuna and Morotai Island.
In the absence of support from the Philippines, Vietnam has sought to improve ties with Indonesia, which has shown signs of pushing back against Chinese encroachment near the Natuna Islands that Beijing claims are part of its traditional fishing grounds.
Last month, Indonesia renamed the waters off its northern perimeter the 'Laut Natuna Utara,' the Northern Natuna Sea.
Summary: Beijing [China], July 16 (ANI): Indonesia has renamed part of the South China Sea as it will now refer to the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the sea as the "North Natuna Sea."
Indonesiarenamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China's territorial ambitions in the maritime region.
This team has now moved to a new subject, with this handy book on the mammals of Borneo (including the Natuna Islands) that ranges well beyond its modest title of field guide.
Upon closer examination, however, the statement appears to be yet another example of Indonesia's inconsistent approach to the South China Sea, as well as to increasing encroachments by China into the country's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around the Natuna Islands.
However, Jakarta opposes Bejing laying claims to waters around the Natuna Islands within its "nine-dash line" - a demarcation line that China uses to show its claims in the region.
Indonesia's navy said it had fired warning shots at several boats with Chinese flags that it accused of fishing illegally near the Natuna Islands - but a spokesman told Reuters there had been no injuries.
For the time being, state-owned shipping firm PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) will operate three cargo ships to serve a number of destinations that include Timika and Serui in Papua, Tual in Maluku and Natuna in Riau.