(From AFP)

Indonesia will sharply strengthen security around its South China Sea islands where there have been clashes with Chinese vessels, the defense minister said on Wednesday, a day after Beijing’s claims in the sea were declared invalid.

Indonesia defense minister
Ryamizard Ryacudu

In an interview with AFP, Ryamizard Ryacudu said bolstering defenses around Indonesia’s Natuna Islands would involve deploying warships, an F-16 fighter jet, surface-to-air missiles, a radar and drones, as well as constructing new ports and improving an airstrip.

The military build-up, which started in recent months, would be completed in “less than a year,” he said.

“This will be our eyes and ears,” the retired general said. Read More

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