Jakarta. Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified two draft bills on bilateral defense cooperation with China and Germany during a plenary meeting on Tuesday (01/03).
As reported by Antara news agency, some 322 lawmakers agreed to ratify the bills, aiming to maintain positive defense ties with the two countries.
“In the process of preparing the draft bills, Commission I held hearings to gather comments and input. We finished first-level discussions with the government on Feb. 10 to approve the memorandum of understanding and defense cooperation,” said Asril Tanjung, deputy chairman of the House's Commission I, which oversees defense and security affairs.
Defense ties between Indonesia and China have strengthened since the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Indonesian Defense Ministry and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense of the People`s Republic of China (SASTIND) on March 22, 2011, in Jakarta.
The new defense cooperation with China aims to maintain frequent high-level visits between the two countries, as well as strengthen cooperation in military training, maritime security and multilateral coordination.
Meanwhile, the defense cooperation with Germany includes the exchanges of defense and military information, along with exchange of officials, experts and information technology.
According to Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, the bill also allows Indonesia and Germany to establish a joint-committee on defense affairs and maintain cooperation in defense technology, industry and exercise.