In keeping with its goal of producing the country’s weapons independently, Indonesia has commenced talks with China over ambitious plans for the local production of C-705 anti-ship missiles, the Jakarta Post reported yesterday.
The cooperation reflects strengthening bonds between China and Indonesia amidst developing tensions in the South China Sea that involve China and several countries in the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Initial discussions were held in Jakarta during the first China-Indonesia defence industry cooperation meeting on Wednesday, Indonesia’s Defence Ministry chief spokesman Brigadier General Hartind Asrin said. A contract is expected to be signed next year.
“The meeting discussed various efforts to improve cooperation between the defence industries of both countries,” he was quoted as saying. “We’ve already prepared an area for the (missile) production site that faces the open sea for trials.”
He added: “China has also offered to donate weapons systems that Indonesia might need.” Agencies