Aristyo Rizka Darmawan is a Lecturer in International Law at the University of Indonesia and Young Leader at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum Foreign Policy Research Institute. His research focuses on international law and foreign policy in the Asia Pacific. He holds a Master’s in international law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
A new maritime training centre established by Indonesia and the United States is emblematic of sustained bilateral cooperation in the maritime domain, and the ASEAN member state’s independent and active foreign policy.
A new Chinese law, which gives its coast guard legal cover to fire on foreign vessels in contested waters, is worrying. States interested in the peace and stability of the South China Sea should do something about it.