16 March 2018
In Australia, Indonesian Defence Minister said today that he lobbied other ASEAN defence ministers to carry out maritime patrols in the South China Sea among efforts to improve regional security. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister held talks with their Indonesian counterparts in Sydney on today morning.
INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, RETNO MARSUDI said "For 50 years we enjoyed an ecosystem of peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia and its surrounding. Australia, as ASEAN first developed partners, has played an important part in creating such ecosystem."
Australia is hosting the special meeting, despite not being a member of the 10-nation bloc. Indonesia is focusing on three maritime areas. China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route which is believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas.