Abstract: This study seeks to answer the Indonesias stance in the South China Sea (SCS) dispute. The South China Sea dispute, which four of Southeast Asian states involved is Indonesias priority agenda to maintain stability of the Southeast Asia region. In the context of Indonesias status as the largest country in Southeast Asia and has reputation in mediation process in the region, this paper will discuss Indonesias stance in the dispute uses structural realism. Then, this stduy attempts to answer the Indonesias strategy to mediate the conflict. This paper argues that Indonesia tends to promote the strategy of balancing between the two big countries, China and the US, in oder to maintain stability in the region. This study also attemps to draw an Indonesian strategy in the SCS dispute through balancing the US and China through ASEAN, promotes informal workshops which held since 1990 and takes initiative to unify ASEAN by proposed the zero draft in 2012.
Agus Haryanto and Arry Bainus, 2016. Indonesia in the South China Sea Dispute: Balancing the US and China, Workshop and Zero Draft. The Social Sciences, 11: 5928-5936.