Joint patrol progress

Slow progress in patrols.

Indonesia considering South China Sea patrols with Malaysia, Philippines: Military chief

By Saifulbahri Ismail

JAKARTA: Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines may conduct joint patrols in parts of the disputed South China Sea, said Indonesia’s military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo.

At a meeting in Yogyakarta on May 5, foreign ministers of the three ASEAN countries had agreed to conduct patrols to combat piracy in the Sulu and Sulawesi Sea.

However, on Wednesday (May 18), the Indonesian military chief hinted that joint operations could go beyond their earlier commitments, saying that the trilateral patrols agreed upon may actually venture beyond the Sulu and Sulawesi Sea.

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