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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to build frontier military HQ near South China Sea

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam, Riau Islands   /   Wed, November 20, 2019   /  09:03 am
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Commander of the Navy’s First Fleet Command Rear Adm. Yudo Margono (left) welcomes the United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan to the Ranai naval base in Natuna, Riau Islands, on Thursday. Donovan visited Natuna to learn about its fishery and tourism potential as well as the region’s strategic value to Indonesia.(Courtesy of the Indonesian Navy/-)

Indonesia is planning to fortify its borders by setting up three new Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters around its northern and eastern fronts, including one in Riau Islands province to keep a watchful eye on developments in the disputed South China Sea “on a much larger scale”. The Riau Islands administration has earmarked a plot of land in the provincial capital of Tanjung Pinang to build a home base for its Joint Defense Area Command I, a senior official has said. “There is a total of 40 hectares that is being prepped for the command base and for housing. Building will commence next year,” acting governor Isdianto told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. The new joint operations headquarters will further beef up military presence in the area, which is already the site of the Tanjung Pinang and Ranai naval bases. Isdianto recently accompanied Brig. Gen. Ga...