China May Risk Region Instability

Territorial disputes could spark bigger concerns.

China May Risk Region Instability: Indonesia Army Chief

By Andrea Tan

China must not use its “great force” to create regional instability, Indonesian military chief General Moeldoko said, as his nation seeks to avoid being drawn into China’s territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

“China is a great economic superpower, however we don’t want this great force to create instability in the region,” Moeldoko, who goes by one name, said in a speech in Singapore today. “Just a small disturbance within this maritime zone will give a big impact” and create turbulence in the region.

Newly inaugurated Indonesian President Joko Widodo faces a China that’s pushing its claims in the South China Sea with an aggressiveness unprecedented since Indonesia’s independence. For Jokowi, as he is known, ties with President Xi Jinping loom as one of his biggest foreign-policy challenges.

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