JAKARTA, Indonesia  

China and Indonesia have backed away from an imminent conflict after they dispatched warships and planes to claim the ownership of the Natuna islands in the South China Sea. Both countries have now called for maintaining peace and stability in the region.
The tensions in the region escalated when Chinese fishing boats and coast guard vessels were spotted maneuvering in the waters around the islands last week.
”A Chinese coast guard vessel was spotted near the islands. We have taken precautions,” said Indonesian Navy Spokesman Fajar Tri Rohadi.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday visited Natuna islands to make a political

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