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Jakarta Post

RI to build military HQ near South China Sea

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam, Riau Islands   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:19 am

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.“A total of 40 hectares is being prepped for the command base and for housing. Building will commence next year,” Riau Islands 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. Gabriel Lema, chief of the 033 ...