Indonesia has disapproved a proposal this year by the United States. According to four senior Indonesian officials who are familiar with this matter says that The United States of America has requested Indonesia to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there. It was also revealed by some of our sources that US officials has tried multiple times in high-level approaches in July and August. Us has requested Indonesia’s defence and foreign ministers before Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo. They declined the request as per the officials said. Many representatives from both the country has refused to make comments on this issue when they were asked by media reporters.
Defence minister, Representatives for Indonesia’s president, the US State Department press office and the US embassy in Jakarta has neither made any comment nor respond to requests. Representatives for the US defence department and Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, has declined to comment.
Why US asks to Indonesia’s P-8 planes to host spy?
In case you don’t know P-8 planes. let me clear this to you. The P-8 assumes a crucial part in looking out for China’s military movement in the South China Sea, the majority of which Beijing claims as its domain. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have rival cases to the asset-rich waters, through which $3 trillion worth of exchange spends every year.
The recommendation for Indonesia came as the US and China heightened their contest for impact in Southeast Asia, shocked Indonesia’s legislature, the authorities stated, because Indonesia has a long-standing strategy of international strategy impartiality. The nation has never permitted unfamiliar militaries to work in the archipelago. Indonesia is certainly not a proper inquirer to the deliberately significant stream, yet considers a bit of the South China Sea as its own. It has consistently repulsed Chinese coastguard vessels and fishing boats from a territory, which Beijing claims as its own.
In any case, Indonesia likewise has to become financial and speculation joins with China. It would not like to favour one side in the contention and is frightened by developing pressures between the two superpowers, and by the militarization of the South China Sea, Retno disclosed to Reuters news organization.