Indonesia’s ban on coal exports may paralyze energy-starved China

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With the winter season in full swing in China’s energy-short country, Indonesia has ordered a halt to all coal exports. The coal export ban will be in effect for the entire month of January, and it may be extended if necessary. In the midst of a full-fledged crisis, China will once again be engulfed by… Continue reading Indonesia’s ban on coal exports may paralyze energy-starved China

Russia, ASEAN conclude first joint naval exercise

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Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have concluded their first joint naval exercise, Indonesia’s navy said on Saturday, as the region faces rising tensions with China. The three-day exercise off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island aimed at increasing interoperability between the ASEAN member states and the Russian navy in the strategic… Continue reading Russia, ASEAN conclude first joint naval exercise

China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

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China told Indonesia to stop drilling for oil and natural gas in maritime territory that both countries regard as their own during a months-long standoff in the West Philippine Sea earlier this year, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The unprecedented demand, which has not previously been reported, elevated tensions over natural resources… Continue reading China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS nuclear subs plan

Malaysia and Indonesia share strong reservations over Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, even though nuclear weapons were not part of the plan, Malaysia’s foreign minister said on Monday. Referring to AUKUS, a trilateral security pact agreed last month between Australia, the United States and Britain, Saifuddin Abdullah said the two Southeast Asian nations were… Continue reading Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS nuclear subs plan

Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

The Philippines is backing a new defense partnership between the United States, Britain, and Australia, hoping it can maintain the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, a view that contrasts sharply with some of its neighbors. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as part of the… Continue reading Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

Indonesia warns against arms race after Australian nuclear sub pact

Indonesia said on Friday, September 17, it was worried about an arms race in the region after neighboring Australia announced plans to acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with the United States and Britain. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get the technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as… Continue reading Indonesia warns against arms race after Australian nuclear sub pact

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia, puzzling nations

Japan’s Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as suicide bombings.” The warning applies to Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand… Continue reading Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia, puzzling nations

Indonesia and Australia agree to boost security ties

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Indonesia and Australia agreed to deepen security ties during a ministerial meeting on Thursday, September 9, with discussions underway towards enabling joint military training in Australia and participation in its defense academies. Agreements were signed over counter-terrorism, defense and cybersecurity, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, plus another agreement on support for Pacific island nations.… Continue reading Indonesia and Australia agree to boost security ties

Indonesia launches new stealth trimaran fast attack vessel for its Navy

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The Indonesian shipbuilder North Sea Boats (PT Lundin Industry) has launched the second Klewang-class stealth trimaran fast attack craft being built for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL). The ship, which will become the future KRI Golok (688) once commissioned with the TNI-AL, was based on North Sea Boat’s X3K wave-piercing stealth catamaran design, and was launched… Continue reading Indonesia launches new stealth trimaran fast attack vessel for its Navy

Indonesian army says it has stopped ‘virginity tests’ on female cadets

The Indonesian army has ended a controversial practice of virginity tests on women who apply to become cadets, according to its chief of staff, a move welcomed by activists who have long campaigned against it. “Two-finger tests,” where doctors check the hymen of female recruits to try to determine their virginity, was systematic, abusive and… Continue reading Indonesian army says it has stopped ‘virginity tests’ on female cadets