The Jakarta Post
Amid rising tensions in the disputed South China Sea, claimed in most part by China, efforts to seek peace have become part of Indonesia’s defense diplomacy, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Wednesday.
He said Indonesian defense diplomacy was implemented through a friendly approach to the four great powers in the Indo-Pacific region: the United States, China, Russia and ASEAN.
“One of the positive impacts we feel from this is [...] the calm situation in the South China Sea,” Ryamizard said at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Indonesia International Defense Studies Seminar (IIDSS) in Jakarta.
The South China Sea issue was among the topics raised at the seminar, which was opened by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto.
Ryamizard said the Indo Pacific region, as a Strategic Maritime Axis, lay between the north of the ...