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Indonesia Mulls Drones in Response to China's Maritime Flexing

  • Government needs to `project power' around Natuna Islands
  • Reports say U.S. may challenge China's South China Sea claims
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Indonesia is considering using drones and submarines to strengthen its grip over the gas-rich waters around the Natuna Islands in response to China’s growing military presence in the South China Sea.

These comments by Indonesia’s security chief Luhut Panjaitan in an opinion piece Wednesday in the Kompas newspaper represent some of the most direct yet by the nation over China’s claims in the water. They highlight unease in the government even as it maintains it is not a party to regional disputes over the waters.