Eyeing China, US moves to strengthen Indonesian defence ties


Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Phil Berlowitz 


Channel News Asia/Reuters


January 23, 2018 


JAKARTA: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would explore deepening defence ties during a visit to Indonesia, a country that appears increasingly ready to assert its sovereignty in the contested South China Sea. Mattis, ahead of talks in Jakarta, raised the possibility of greater maritime cooperation. An aide noted that Indonesia was also considering purchasing Lockheed Martin Corp's F-16 fighter jets, in a deal that could be worth billions.