Indonesia, US strengthen maritime ties; Indo-Pacific commitment reaffirmed

Arab News | Dec 14, 2021 at 6:54 AM
  • JAKARTA: Indonesia and the US on Tuesday signed an extension to a bilateral maritime cooperation deal covering security and navigation issues.
  • The inking of the agreement came as part of American attempts to strengthen ties with southeast Asian countries for a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region in the wake of increasingly assertive Chinese claims on the South China Sea.
  • Patrushev’s trip came two weeks after Russia and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (of which Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand were founding members) held their first ever joint naval drill in Indonesian waters.