The joint US-Indonesian navy workouts Garuda Protect 2022—hosted in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Riau islands over the previous two weeks—will conclude
The joint US-Indonesian navy workouts Garuda Protect 2022—hosted in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Riau islands over the previous two weeks—will conclude at present.
The drills—dubbed “Tremendous Garuda Protect” this yr given the inaugural participation of Japanese, Australian and Singaporean contingents—drew 4,000 US and Indonesian troops, with observers from 9 different nations. It additionally comes eight months after diplomatic sparring between Beijing and Jakarta over disputed territorial waters within the South China Sea.
This spherical of the largely amphibious workouts was the biggest since they started in 2007. For the US, the said purpose was the interoperability of forces to guard the ‘rules-based order’ within the area. That is code for the continuance of worldwide maritime regulation supported by US navy heft, which stands in direct opposition to China’s territorial claims within the South China Sea. China responded to the wargames by calling them a menace to regional stability.
These workouts are unlikely to hurt Sino-Indonesian relations within the medium-term as Jakarta will proceed to steadiness Beijing and Washington. Nevertheless, within the context of rising territorial tensions, the amphibious nature of the workouts factors to Jakarta’s rising uncertainty over whether or not future Sino-Indonesian territorial disputes may be resolved diplomatically.