Offbeat Defense, sea ... France wants to get closer to Indonesia after the submarine crisis with Australia
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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.
an elephant dies after a trunk injury in a trap in Indonesia
an elephant of Sumatra, a threatened species, died after losing half of his trunk in a trap tense by poachers, announced the Indonesian authorities. The little elephant of a year and a half has succumbed to a serious infection, two days after being found by residents of a village in the province of Aceh (north of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia) despite an amputation From the rest of his trunk to try to save him.
Jean-Yves The Drian met Tuesday, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, while thehas 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.
Indonesia will see its reinforced diplomatic weight when it takes the presidency of thein December while France is preparing in January to ensure the in the first half of the year 2022.
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France saw its strategy to assert itself in the indopeacific shaken by theby the Australia of a megaconetrate of purchase of French submarines and the announcement of a strategic alliance, named , 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.
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.
New USWNT starters make a strong case in Australia with an eye toward World Cup .
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