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

Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

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Indonesian Consul General Dicky Fabrian purposefully paid a courtesy call on Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. to cement collaboration. Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. and the command staff greeted Consul General Fabrian in the Bautista Lounge of the command in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City, around 10 AM on January 12. During… Continue reading Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

Indonesia frees radical cleric linked to Bali bombings, which killed 202

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Abu Bakar Bashir, the accused mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, was released from prison on Friday, January 8, after serving a ten-year sentence for establishing a militant training camp. Authorities announced that Bashir, 82, who was never convicted for a direct role in the Bali bombings, will attend a deradicalization… Continue reading Indonesia frees radical cleric linked to Bali bombings, which killed 202