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Widodo inspects Indonesia's South China Sea defenses

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo visited the Natuna islands on Oct. 6 to witness an air force exercise.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- President Joko Widodo has visited some remote Indonesian islands in the South China Sea for the second time this year to witness an exercise by the Indonesian air force over waters disputed with China.

Widodo returned to the Natuna islands on Thursday after a first visit in June, this time on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI). The event is always marked in Jakarta, but Widodo opted to observe the sensitive military exercise instead.

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