27 May '16, 9pm

Beijing seeks to strengthen military ties with Indonesia - The Straits Times

BEIJING • China wants deeper military ties with Indonesia and will strengthen cooperation on bilateral and multilateral issues, China's Defence Minister told his Indonesian counterpart, after a recent diplomatic spat in the South China Sea. In March, Indonesia attempted to detain a Chinese trawler it accused of fishing in its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, prompting the Chinese coast guard to intervene. China has said its vessels were operating in "traditional fishing grounds". Indonesia is not embroiled in the rival claims with China over the South China Sea and has instead seen itself as an "honest broker" in disputes between China and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Meeting on the sidelines of a regional defence ministers meeting in the Lao capital Vientiane this week, Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said he hoped China and Indonesia would ...

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