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Indonesia, China set to boost military relations

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 22 2010   /  01:14 pm

Indonesia on Friday offered China non-weapon military supplies and in return would consider buying Chinese-made missiles in a sign of improving ties between the two countries. "We offered locally produced military uniforms, belts, berets, boots and many other military items and the Chinese have shown interest in the offer," Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro told a press conference on Friday after meeting with Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Gen. Guo Boxiong. Apart from promoting supporting military apparel, Purnomo said, Indonesia also introduced its newest assault rifle, the SS-2. China's 2.5 million-strong military is the largest in the world, Purnomo said. "It means a promising market for our supporting military equipment industry." In return, he added, the ministry would consider purchasing Chinese-made C-802 guided missiles for the Ind...