Indonesia to boost military in South China Sea


The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) says Jakarta will increase its presence around the Natuna waters in the South China Sea as a preemptive measure to avert instability in the area.

TNI Chief Gen. Moeldoko stated on Thursday that Jakarta will deploy additional forces and increase the presence of its army and air force around the Natuna Islands, which shares its borders with Vietnam in the north, and Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam in the east, Antara  news agency reported.

The official said that Indonesia aims to uphold the principles of neutrality and maintain close ties with other countries, including China.


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