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Jakarta Post

TNI chief sees S. China sea, borders as imminent challenges

Dicky Christanto
Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 11, 2014

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko said the country'€™s main challenges in the near future were the disputes over areas of the South China Sea and border security. He made the statement after being asked what indonesia'€™s new leadership would be facing.

He said the TNI intended to deploy four battalions comprising 4,000 personnel into two border regions, one in the western part of the country and the other to the east, in an attempt to reinforce TNI numbers safeguarding border areas.

'€œWe are currently preparing to deploy them,'€ Moeldoko said.

To date, TNI headquarters has placed soldiers at Entikong, the border area between Kalimantan and Malaysia, and at Skow Woutung, on the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border in Papua.   

As for the South China Sea disputes, Moeldoko said that the TNI had been asked by neighboring countries involved in the disputes to assist in keeping the peace.

'€œWe will fulfill that role as part of our responsibility to maintain order and stability in the region,'€ he said.