US, Indonesia Construction of maritime training center on the edge of the South China Sea

Indonesia and the United States are building new maritime training centers at the strategic confluence of the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea to counter the growing invasion of China in the region.

The $ 3.5 million center has begun construction on Batam Island, Indonesia, at the southern entrance to the Straits of Malacca, an important chokepoint for global maritime trade between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. China does not have an access point to the Indian Ocean.

Indonesian representative Japan Coast Guard, Bakamura said the maritime center is operated by Bakamura and consists of classrooms, barracks and helicopter launch pads.

At the ceremony on June 25, US Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Kim said the center would be part of an ongoing effort between the two countries to strengthen security in the region.

“As a friend and partner of Indonesia, the United States will support Indonesia’s important role in maintaining peace and security in the region by fighting domestic and cross-border crime,” according to a statement by Bakamura. We are still committed to that. “

The construction of a new maritime center is at a time of heightened tensions in the South China Sea over the growing invasion of the Chinese Communist Party administration in the region.

China has duplicated territorial claims in conflict areas with several Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Indonesian Navy Submarine KRI Nanggala
The Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala will sail off Tuban, East Java, Indonesia on October 6, 2014. (Eric Ireng / AP Photo)

In early June, it was revealed that Indonesia had planned to expand its submarine fleet from four to twelve in response to China’s repeated invasion of conflict areas in the South China Sea.

Indonesia considers the waters near the Natuna Islands within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and China claims so-called water sovereignty. Nine-dash line Historical claims in the South China Sea.

Indonesia believes that increasing the size of its submarine fleet to 12 could reduce the presence of foreign vessels around the Natuna Islands by conducting centralized surveillance in areas that are difficult for patrol vessels to reach. ..

Southeast Asian countries lost their submarines in a training accident in April, killing all 53 crew members.

Since late April, hundreds of Chinese vessels have been living around the conflicting Spratly Islands, despite repeated protests by the Philippine government.

The Philippines claims that the resource-rich Spratly Islands are its territory, and states that the island chain is within its EEZ. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei also claim sovereignty.

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