The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has been informed of a plan by Australia, which was subsequently supported by the United States, to redevelop a naval base on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and sees no threat from it.
“What’s important is that they communicated it to us. No one can forbid them from doing what they are doing, as long as [the naval base] is not built in our territory,” the Defense Ministry’s director general of defense strategies Gen. Maj. M Nakir told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
US Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday that the US would partner with Australia and the PNG to redevelop the Lombrum naval base on Manus island at the 2018 APEC CEO Summit.
“We will work with these nations to protect the sovereignty and maritime rights of the Pacific Islands as well,” he said, as reported by Reuters.
The announcement was made amid high tension bet...