A Chinese coastguard vessel is seen from an Indonesian naval ship during a patrol of the Natuna Islands in January 2020. Photo: Reuters
A Chinese coastguard vessel is seen from an Indonesian naval ship during a patrol of the Natuna Islands in January 2020. Photo: Reuters

Are Indonesia, Japan’s joint South China Sea drills a sign of Jakarta’s pivot away from Beijing?

  • The planned maritime exercises are seen as highlighting Indonesia’s intention to upgrade its maritime defences in the face of China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific
  • But analysts say closer defence ties are unlikely to result in major arms sales, and don’t automatically indicate Indonesia wants to join the US-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue

A Chinese coastguard vessel is seen from an Indonesian naval ship during a patrol of the Natuna Islands in January 2020. Photo: Reuters
A Chinese coastguard vessel is seen from an Indonesian naval ship during a patrol of the Natuna Islands in January 2020. Photo: Reuters
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