Jakarta: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Center for South East Asian Studies jointly organized the 29th Workshop on Managing Potential Conflict in the South China Sea that was held in Batam, Riau Islands, on September 10-12, 2019.
The workshop was attended by 54 experts in their personal capacities, from Idonesia, China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Chinese-Taipei, and Viet Nam.
"The annual workshop, held in Indonesia since 1990, aimed at developing closer cooperation in order to support peace, stability, and prosperity in the South China Sea," the Ministry said in a press statement received by Medcom.id.
The South China Sea region is deemed vulnerable to conflicts due to overlapping jurisdictional claims by several parties in the region. This workshop is organized by Indonesia, as a non-claimant and honest broker.
"The presence of various participants from the South China Sea in this Workshop, which have spanned for almost three decades, reflect our commitment to continuously uphold the constructive engagements," the Ministry's Director General of Policy Analysis and Development Agency (PADA) Siswo Pramono was quoted as saying.
Pramono stated that the South China Sea is full of challenges, and, at the same time, offers tremendous economic opportunity. He added that the South China Sea is strategically important in supporting the global business connectivity.
Dialogue on the potential of cooperation in various projects were discussed in cordial and transparent manners. Thus, making itself as an effective vehicle for peace. Some of the proposed research projects were, among others, Anambas II Expedition (a research project to measure biodiversity and marine pollution) and the impact of sea level rise to the coastal area.
This Workshop was preceded by the 15th Working Group Meeting on the study of Tides and Sea Level Change and Their Impacts on Coastal Environment in the South China Sea. The Meeting was held on 10 September 2019 led by the Geospatial Information Agency Indonesia.?