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Indonesia Urges Joint Patrols With China in South China Sea

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Countries with competing territorial claims in the South China Sea -- including China -- should carry out joint “peace patrols” there to reduce the risk of conflict, Indonesia’s defense minister said.

Senior U.S. military officials have recently urged Southeast Asian countries to jointly patrol the waters as it seeks to reassure its allies it will back them against China’s assertions to about four-fifths of the sea. But they haven’t mentioned China as a potential participant.