US may upset Beijing after it backs Indonesian claim on South China Sea near Natuna islands

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis accepted Indonesia renaming an area previously considered part of the South China Sea during his visit to the country – potentially upsetting China.
“Certainly Indonesia, as a fulcrum, a maritime fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific area, is critical,” Mattis told a joint press conference after bilateral talks with Indonesian defence minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.
He also expressed a readiness to embrace the name newly assigned by Indonesia to waters around…