外文标题：Indonesia's president says China has no legal claim to South China Sea-newspaper
TOKYO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo says China's claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," Japan's Yomiuri newspaper reported.
The comments, in an interview published on Sunday ahead of visits to Japan and China this week, were the first time Widodo, who took office in October, has taken a position on the South China Sea dispute.
Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, has been a self-appointed broker in the myriad territorial disputes between its neighbours and China over the South China Sea.
"We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. It is important to have political and security stability to build up our economic growth," Widodo was quoted as saying in an English version of the interview published on Monday.
"So we support the Code of Conduct (of the South China Sea) and also dialogue between China and Japan, China and Asean."
Rajesh Vyas ()
It is time for countries to unite and confront the expansionist Bully called China.
Mariadas Manuel (Tarn Taran Sahib)
China has no business in the South China Sea. It is Vietnam and the neighbouring countries that have the right over territorial waters of South China Sea. A distinction has to be made between territorial waters and internal waters. China should stop acting a like big brother to their neighbours.
Sand Piper (Unknown)
Unless all the countries of S Asia, SE and E Asia come together, China will continue to show its Physical and Economic might to subdue these countries by bullying them into submission to their Grand Design The Dragon's nefarious activities can only be halted by an united stand opposing taken by these countries again this menace.
Rk NY (NY USA)
tremendous untapped gas reserves were discovered in the south china seas recently.. which is why all the countries in the region want to grab their share...and ensure the paper tiger makes no sudden moves to grab it all.. which is why japan and indonesia signed a defense pact too.. poor chinese tigers.. each time they try to bully. they are getting bullied back..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!