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Eccentricity reigns in Indonesian defence procurements

20th September 2020 - 22:30 GMT | by The Geobukseon

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On more than one occasion, the Geobukseon has ridiculed India for its defence procurement morass, its inability to make decisions and failure to introduce equipment in a timely fashion. It seems that India may be in fine company, for Indonesia too has had its own fair share of haphazardness in 2020.

The year started off in dramatic fashion when a fleet of Chinese fishing boats intruded into Indonesia’s EEZ near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. This elicited a stern response from Jakarta (take note, Kuala Lumpur and Manila, that it is possible to display a backbone against …

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