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BEIJING (Reuters) - China shares the region's
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush will designate nearly 200,000 square miles of the Pacific ocean on Tuesday as a protected region, White House officials said, making the areas hands-off for oil drilling or other extraction procedures.
Although Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda firmly rejected the United States' request that it join the Proliferation Security Initiatives (PSI) during the visit of the US Secretary of State to Indonesia last March, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is having second thoughts.
Indonesia said yesterday it could not accept Australia's proposed new maritime security zone, saying it infringed on Indonesian waters and violated freedom of navigation.