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Monday, February 22, 2021

Indonesia Declines US Request to Land Spyplanes

Indonesia has rejected a request from the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime spy aircraft to land and refuel on their territory.

Indonesia has rejected a request from the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime spy aircraft to land and refuel on their territory.

According to four anonymous four senior Indonesian officials, President Joko Widodo finalized the rejection after US officials made several high-level talks in July and August to Indonesia’s defense and foreign ministers.

Officials from both sides failed to give a comment after Reuters released the story. 

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said last month that they do not want to get caught up with the dispute of the US and China at the South China Sea.

“We don’t want to get trapped by this rivalry. Indonesia wants to show all that we are ready to be your partner,” said Retno.

The US Air Force’s Boeing P-8 Poseidon was widely used and deployed to monitor China’s military activity in the disputed South China Sea.

When conducting surveillance flights, P-8s have been based and refueled in Singapore, the Philippines, and Japan.

Indonesia has not had maritime disputes with China because it has no claim in the South China Sea but has experienced several intrusions over the years in their waters which the Chinese claimed as fishing grounds. 

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