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The outgoing commander of the Armed Forces (TNI) said Indonesia is seeking more joint military drills with other countries in the Indo-Pacific region – including Brunei, Malaysia and all four members of the Quad – in the face of a more aggressive China. Gen. Andika Perkasa said a US military delegation will be in Jakarta in early December to discuss plans for next year’s Garuda Shield exercise, including expanding the number of participating countries. Annually hosted by Indonesia, the drills date back to 2007 and previously involved only Indonesian and US forces. This August, however, the exercise became the largest-ever in scale, with a total of 13 countries participating, including the US, Japan, India and Australia – the four members of the Quad, the security dialogue formed to counter China’s rising aggressiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. Perkasa said he is seeking closer ties with Brunei and Malaysia as the countries also have disputes with China in the South China Sea. Perkasa added that the TNI is also committed to taking part in joint drills in the French territory of New Caledonia and Australia. He said joint military exercises are important to improve teamwork with “friends and neighbors” to offset Indonesia’s…...
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