The Jakarta Post
A day after the Indonesian Military (TNI) celebrated its 71st anniversary, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday visited Natuna Islands, one of the country’s outermost areas bordering on the South China Sea, which has seen territorial disputes involving several countries.
It was Jokowi’s second visit to the islands, which are home to abundant fish and gas resources and often considered a flash point. On his visit, he attended the closing of the Air Force’s Angkasa Yudha exercises, which started on Sept. 29 and were dubbed by the Air Force as the biggest ever.
Thursday’s training module involved 50 aircraft, including jet fighters like F16s, Sukhoi SU-30s, Skyhawks and Super Tucanos, as well as about 2,300 Air Force personnel.
“We want to strengthen the economy in the border areas and empower the defense and security in that region,” Jokowi said.<...