China's aggressive expansion into the South China Sea has been capturing global attention for some time now and has prompted the United States to increase patrols and even consider a permanent naval presence in the disputed waters. China and Indonesia currently have no territorial disputes in the region, however, recent territorial incursions into the resource-rich waters off the Natuna Islands by Chinese fishing boats backed by Coast Guard vessels have resulted in both diplomatic protests and naval intervention by Indonesia. In late June, President Joko Widodo held a cabinet meeting on an Indonesian warship in Natuna waters and the Indonesian Navy has deployed five warships to the region to protect Indonesian interests. Whether Indonesia's tough stance will damage relations with China is yet to be seen however , unlike other nations in the region, Indonesia has shown that it is both willing and prepared to use force to protect its territorial waters. The following articles illustrate how this crisis has unfolded and played out since the beginning of the year.