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Indonesia strengthens navy, air force in face of China expansion

Threat from international terrorism also behind shift from army dominance

Members of Indonesia's armed forces line up in order during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesia military, in Cilegon, Indonesia Banten province on Oct. 5. (Photo by Jun Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- Amid a rapidly changing regional security environment, Indonesia, one of the most powerful military countries in Southeast Asia, has drastically shifted the main focus of its defense strategy.

Having been dominated by the army for decades, the Indonesian National Armed Forces' air and marine defenses are now being strengthened in response to Beijing's push into the South China Sea and the growing threat posed by cross-border terrorism.

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