Asian country stresses neutrality after US defense talks

Asian country stresses neutrality after US defense talks

Indonesia’s military chief has pointed out that Jakarta seeks to maintain good relations with all major powers

US and Indonesian defense chiefs came away from a meeting on Monday with apparently differing understandings of how closely the two countries are militarily aligned.

Appearing at a press briefing in Jakarta after talks with his Indonesian counterpart, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke of deepening defense ties and increasing the “interoperability” of the two countries’ weaponry. Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto repeatedly defended his country’s strong relations with America’s two biggest adversaries, Russia and China.

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