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Offbeat Defense, sea ... France wants to get closer to Indonesia after the submarine crisis with Australia

14:10  24 november  2021
14:10  24 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Défense, mer... la France veut se rapprocher de l'Indonésie après la crise des sous-marins avec l'Australie © PUKPIK / UNSPLASH Defense, sea ... France wants to get closer to Indonesia after The submarine crisis with Australia France has engaged in a "strengthened partnership" with Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, announced the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves The DRIAN, after the reverse inflicted by Australia to its indo -acific strategy.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signed with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi "an action plan for strengthening this strategic partnership," he said to journalists during a visit to a visit. Two days in the archipelago. The relationship will be deepened in particular "in the defense and maritime affairs, including the creation of a bilateral maritime dialogue" in 2022, he said, but also in health, energy and climate change.

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Jean-Yves The Drian met Tuesday, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, while the Indonesia has been negotiating for several months for the acquisition of 36 burst fighter aircraft. Jakarta is also interested in submarines, corvettes and other military equipment on the background of increasing tensions between Beijing and the riparian countries of the Southern China Sea. President Emmanuel Macron had mentioned at the end of October at a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, on the margins of the G20 in Rome, the strengthening of the bilateral partnership.

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France saw its strategy to assert itself in the indopeacific shaken by the rupture by the Australia of a megaconetrate of purchase of French submarines and the announcement of a strategic alliance, named Aukus , between this country, the United States and the United Kingdom facing increasing tensions with China. After this disappointment, Paris wants to strengthen its alliance with its old partners, Japan and India, but also with Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, New Zealand and ASEAN.

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The Alliance Aukus has irritated China that describes it as a threat to the stability of the region, and has been criticized by several Asian countries. The Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs has been "very worried" in September of this alliance, fearing that it relaunches nuclear proliferation in the region.

But the Indonesian Minister of Defense has nuanced this position, saying "understanding" Australia, during a conference center on the IISS Defense in Bahrain this weekend. "The priority of each country is to protect its national interest. If they feel threatened". This, "we understand it and respect it," said Prabowo Subianto.

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