India Seeks To Aid Indonesia In Developing Port In Aceh


India seeks to assist SE Asia’s biggest country Indonesia in developing port in Aceh closer to Andaman & Nicobar Islands as part of Indo-Pacific strategy enabling to balance China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This is in keeping with the bilateral maritime partnership that will be expanded during PM Narendra Modi’s May 29-31 visit to Jakarta.

The two countries sought to firm up the strategy for maritime security partnership ahead of Modi’s visit through ongoing trip of Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan. “Indonesia does not want to controlled by Belt and Road Initiative. Indonesia follows an independent foreign policy and is not aligned to one big power or the other like India. Jakarta has good relations with Beijing but wants to balance BRI. We are focusing on Indo-Pacific concept and global maritime fulcrum is necessary as a balancing tool,” Panjaitan told a select audience here

Indonesia is too a big country to lean towards either USA or China like India, the Minister emphasised, adding, “India and Indonesia should look to expand maritime security partnership to cover counter-terrorism and anti-piracy operations.” Read More…

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