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Jakarta will continue to raise defense budget ... but status as regional mil. power has dissipated

Jakarta will continue to raise defense budget ... but status as regional mil. power has dissipated

The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 INDONESIA - Indonesia may be Southeast Asia's biggest economy. But the nation's status as a regional military power has dissipated. The Indonesian Military's (TNI)strength was at its peak in the 1960s, when the nation forced the Dutch to give up their claim to the resource-rich region of West Irian, now the provinces of Papua and West Papua. Then president Sukarno developed the TNI with foreign aid and equipment, principally from the former Soviet Union, turning the TNI into Asia's second most powerful military, behind the People's Liberation Army in China. "The Indonesian Military had an effective deterrent. Without such a powerful force, our history might have gone in a different direction," former Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal (ret.) Chappy Hakim said. The TNI could boast of the air superiority and long-range...

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