The Indonesian Foreign Minister responded to the Pentagon’s report on China’s military developments

I want to expressly emphasize that, according to the lines and principles of Indonesian foreign policy, Indonesian territory cannot and will not be used as a military base or base for any country.

Editorial (Thomas) – Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi responded to a report by the United States Department of Defense (Pentagon) that said Indonesia was one of the countries considered by China as a location for military logistics facilities.

“I want to expressly emphasize that according to the lines and principles of Indonesian foreign policy, Indonesian territory cannot and will not be used as a base or base or military installation for any country,” Retno said during a statement to the virtual press on Friday. .

The Pentagon’s annual report is entitled “Military and Security Development Involving the People’s Republic of China in 2020“This reveals China’s plan to build a military logistics network in Asia-Pacific.

The Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday (2/9), in the 200-page report, that China considers Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries in Africa and Central Asia as the right places to hold o the agenda.

The Chinese government criticized the Pentagon report, which also said that China wants to double the number of nuclear warheads in the next decade.

The report revealed that China has equaled or surpassed US military might in several areas of defense.

The Chinese Ministry of Defense emphasized that the report was completely misunderstood and defamed the Chinese military.

The Chinese government says the report is the latest example of America’s fear of justifying its own military budget as the highest in the world.

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