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A picture showing two Indonesian military men as they watched the sinking of a foreign fishing vessel off the Sumatran coast

Indonesia moves to assert its maritime interests between two oceans

Indonesia has adopted a maritime development strategy that calls for infrastructure buildup and exploitation of sea-based resources, including offshore oil and gas drilling. Logical as this strategy could be for an archipelagic state with huge development needs, it may easily put the politically cautious Jakarta on a collision course with Beijing.

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