Indo bolsters borders

Indonesia looks to spend more on military.

Military gears up to secure border

Margareth S. Aritonang, Fadli and Ruslan Sangadji

For a country whose maritime territory is about four times the size of its land, it has always been a struggle for Indonesia to see water as a bridge that connects rather than a fault line that divides.

With substandard maritime weaponry systems and the absence of any single centralized authority, maritime patrols in the country’s surrounding oceans and inland seas have long been neglected, making the maritime areas hotbeds of criminal activity, from illegal fishing to human trafficking and piracy.

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