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Indonesia will beef up forces around Natuna, says military chief

Published on Feb 27, 2014 8:19 PM

BEIJING - Indonesia will deploy additional forces around the Natuna waters as a pre-emptive measure against instability in the South China Sea, Antara news agency reported on Thursday.

Antara quoted the chief of the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI), General Moeldoko, as saying the move was aimed at preventing "infiltration."

"The deployment of the TNI forces around the Natuna waters aims to anticipate possible infiltration as a result of instability in the South China Sea," he said here.

The TNI will also increase the presence of army and air force as the Natuna Island shares borders with Vietnam in the north, and Malaysia and Brunei in the east, he added.

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