Jokowi and his entourage took off using the Indonesia-1 Presidential Airplane from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base, Jakarta, at 07.35 WIB. Upon arrival at the Air Force Base Raden Sadjad, Natuna, the President will go directly to the Center for Marine and Integrated Fisheries (SKPT) of the Lampa Strait, Natuna.
Jokowi will also head to the Natuna Regent's Office to hand over land rights certificates to local residents. The Head of State will return to Jakarta on the same day.
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and Deputy Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning / Deputy Head of BPN Surya Tjandra also accompanied the President on the working visit to Natuna.
The tension of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and China in the past few days has been heating up because a number of Chinese fishing vessels operating in Natuna’s waters. The TNI has deployed eight Republic of Indonesia (KRI) ships on patrol to safeguard the area.
Based on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Natuna waters belong to Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. China does not have any rights in these waters. However, China unilaterally claims the region as a part of their territory.