The approval of the "Tuna Block" oil and gas field development in waters near Indonesia's Natuna Islands by the Indonesian government has brought tensions in the South China Sea to the forefront once again. The territorial dispute between China and other claimant states in the region, including Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, has been a long-standing issue that has escalated in recent years. China's claims of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea based on the "nine-dash line" map, which encompasses parts of other countries' exclusive economic zones, have been met with resistance and condemnation from the international community.
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