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RI ‘vigilant’ on Darwin plan

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 18 2011   /  08:08 am

The US plan to establish a military base in Darwin, the closest Australian city to Indonesia, may place the archipelago in the midst of a South China Sea dispute, says a top military chief.
Red carpet welcome: US President Barack Obama debarks from Air Force One at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban, Bali on Thursday. Obama came to Bali to attend the East Asia Summit meeting. JP/Ricky YudhistiraIndonesian Military (TNI) commander Adm. Agus Suhartono said the military had begun assessing the potential impacts of the plan on Indonesia.

“Their military fleets would very likely go back and forth through our waters, given the analysis that the planned base will have to conduct due to rising tensions in the South China Sea,” Agus said in an interview with The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

US and Chinese military chiefs have clashed over US naval exercises in the South ...