Indonesia's maritime challenge - many guardians, more boats needed

As an archipelagic state at a time of tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia needs to accord higher priority to defending its sprawling islands and waters

An Indonesian Navy cadet monitoring signals from the KRI Diponegoro-365 on Oct 1 last year during an exercise in the North Natuna Sea.

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Who defends Indonesia's maritime interests?

The question is of relevance amid tensions with Beijing over illegal fishing, and most recently oil drilling, in the North Natuna Sea.

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