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Australia considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea.

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Jakarta has objected to China’s inclusion of waters around the Indonesian-ruled Natuna Islands.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea.

Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu raised the possibility of joint patrols during an annual meeting with Ms Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne last week.

Ms Bishop told ABC Radio that any operation would be in accordance with international law and Australia’s “support for peace, stability and security in the region”. Read article here