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July 29, 20225:03 AM PDTLast Updated 4 days ago

Indonesia, U.S. to hold military exercise amid heightened Indo-Pacific tensions​

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JAKARTA, July 29 (Reuters) - Some 4,000 soldiers mostly from Indonesia and the United States will conduct a joint military exercise next week that underscores "the importance we place on a free and open Indo-Pacific region," a senior U.S. military official said on Friday.

The annual "Super Garuda Shield" exercise, which the United States called "significantly larger in scope and scale than previous exercises", comes against a backdrop of heightened tensions with China over the latter's growing assertiveness in the region.

But Major General Stephen G. Smith, who will be directing operations on the ground in the exercise, told reporters in Jakarta on Friday that the drill should not be seen as a response to any tensions.

"This exercise is not a threat or should not be viewed as a threat to anybody, anywhere. This is a purely military-to-military exercise," he said.

Tensions and rhetoric flared this week amid reports that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi planned to visit Taiwan as soon as August. But U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping managed largely to steer clear of escalation in a call on Thursday, suggesting that neither side – preoccupied with economic woes at home – wants a fresh crisis across the Taiwan Strait.

The regional exercise is set to last from Aug. 1 to 14 on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan and will also involve troops from other countries including Singapore, Australia and Japan, which is joining the drill for the first time.


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MEF (Minimum Essential Force) program that should reach target in 2024 is scrapped by current government, replaced by Essential Force program that has 25 years target from now. Good news for KF21/IFX program, all local defense industry program, and also good for our economy. This is inline with defense procurement programs in both Blue book and Green book published by Bappenas ( Minister of Planning).

MEF is started in 2009 under SBY administration.

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5 AUG, 21:58

US to discuss price cap on Russian oil exports with Indonesia and Singapore — Reuters​

According to Reuters, Elizabeth Rosenberg will arrive in Jakarta on Monday and will head to Singapore on Tuesday

WASHINGTON, August 6. /TASS/. Elizabeth Rosenberg, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, will next week visit Indonesia and Singapore to discuss the potential oil price cap on Russia, Reuters reported on Friday.

According to Reuters, Rosenberg will arrive in Jakarta on Monday and will head to Singapore on Tuesday. She is also planning to meet with local business leaders in energy and finance, Reuters added. In April, Indonesia’s state-run energy company Pertamina said it was mulling Russian crude oil purchases.

The embargo on Russian oil exports imposed by the EU and the US has fueled prices enabling Russia to redirect large oil volumes to other markets, primarily India and China, and to increase its oil revenues. Against this background, the G7 countries released a statement after a summit saying they would consider blocking the transportation of Russian seaborne crude oil, unless it is priced at or below a level "to be agreed in consultation with international partners."

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warned earlier that such steps would disbalance the market and send crude prices soaring.


 

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Members of 1st Special Forces Group - Airborne and The Kopassus, a TNI Angkatan Darat Special Forces Group, conduct a night time assault and sabotage rehearsal during Super Garuda Shield in Baturaja, Indonesia, on Aug 6, 2022.

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I dont know why AH is upset hearing the news ? Does he know that the facility to produce medium tank in PT Pindad will just be completed in 2023 or even 2024 ? If we order the tanks now, so the hull will be made in Turkey just like the first 8 tanks.

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Our beloved Finance Minister statement

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Maka itu untuk mendukung hal tersebut, menurut Sri Mulyani faktor-faktor sisi domestik masih diperlukan mengingat ekonomi global masih diliputi ketidakpastian. Sri Mulyani mengingatkan arahan presiden yang meminta kepada segenap kementerian dan lembaga pemerintah bisa merealisasi belanja pemerintah pada 2022 dengan fokus membeli produk-produk yang memiliki kandungan lokal tinggi.

 
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With New Capital project, Election in 2024, higher cost of loan, Jokowi targets to leave the Palace with good records like reaching 6 percent economic growth and completing so many of his administration infrastructure projects and also down streaming projects ( EV battery value chain) and Pertamina refinery projects ( no more delay in paying Government debt to PT Pertamina) ect

It is very reasonable to use our foreign loan backed MRCA program around 1.2 billion USD (not yet enter green book in 2022 though) to upgrade and refurbish our 24 F 16 C/D plus buying many AMRAMMS and AIM 9 X, and also Mavericks Missile instead of buying new fighter jets. Some of the money left can be used to buy infrastructure for our 6 Rafale order, including many spare parts and ammunitions.

Remember we have KF21 program going on...........
 

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Indonesia Summons Ukrainian Envoy over Russia Tweet​

BY :THE JAKARTA GLOBE
AUGUST 11, 2022

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Jakarta. The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned the Ukrainian Ambassador in Jakarta to express “displeasure” after the latter allegedly criticized Jakarta for lack of condemnation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a spokesman said on Friday.

Ambassador Vasyl Hamianin was asked to clarify his social media post in which he implied that Indonesia’s stance towards Russia isn’t as harsh as the one towards Israel.

His particular tweet was a response to the ministry’s post last weekend that reads: “Indonesia strongly condemns the attacks carried out by Israel in Gaza which resulted in civilian casualties, including children.”

To which Hamianin replied: “How about strong condemnation of brutal attacks on Ukraine during the last 5 months? And deaths of hundreds if not thousands of children, including Muslim kids?”

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said Hamianin was received by Ngurah Swajaya, the director general for American and European affairs, who expressed “displeasure and resentment” at the tweet that questions Indonesia’s foreign policies.

"His social media post is bot unacceptable and hurtful to the Indonesian people who consider Ukrainians as friends," Teuku told Detikcom news website.

He added that the envoy has been warned against repeating his action.

On August 5, Hamianin also criticized the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry for taking part in the meeting between Russia and Southeast Asia’s regional grouping ASEAN which took place in Phnom Penh a day earlier.

Shortly after the meeting, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi released a statement describing Russia as a long-time partner of ASEAN and expressing Indonesia’s hope that the partnership between the regional bloc and Russia “will bring peace and prosperity in accordance with the UN Charter, the ASEAN Charter, and the principles of the international law”.

“It was a surprise to read the statement by @Kemlu_RI [Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry] on Russia-ASEAN meeting. May I ask what Moscow regime has in common with ‘peace and prosperity’? Is it not Russia that violated all imaginable international rules, principles and UN Charter? Russia is a TERRORIST STATE,” he wrote.

Indonesia is among the first countries around the globe that quickly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February.

President Joko Widodo has traveled to Kyiv and Moscow and held talks with Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin to offer peaceful resolutions and convince both that the ongoing war causes food and energy crises around the globe.

 

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