The recently formed alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States called AUKUS means one thing for Indonesia: its defense modernization plans must be improved to better prepare for any worst-case scenario if peace and stability in the region is at risk. The AUKUS pact includes the agreement that the US and the UK will help Australia to develop nuclear-powered submarines, as well as enhance their joint capabilities and interoperability. While China was not mentioned directly in the announcement, it is clear that AUKUS was formed to counter the Asian giant, whose military rise and territorial claims have become a source of regional security concerns in recent years.
This article was published in thejakartapost.com with the title “AUKUS shows Indonesia must improve defense modernization”. Click to read: https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2021/09/29/aukus-shows-indonesia-must-improve-defense-modernization.html.
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