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China to grant remote sensing satellite to Indonesia

Beijing, China (ANTARA News) – The Chinese government will grant Indonesia a remote sensing satellite to help monitor and provide early detections on events taking place in the sea, an official said.

“China will grant Indonesia a satellite for monitoring happenings and developments in the sea. With the satellite, Indonesia`s sensing capability at sea would be increased,” Head of the National Sea Security Coordination Agency (Bakormala) Tri Yuswoyo announced.

He said that Indonesia welcomed the Chinese grant because Indonesia had a vast sea while its sensing capability was still limited. Yuswoyo said that many government agencies are conducting activities at sea such as the Customs and Excise office, the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry, and the Navy.

So far, government agencies which carried out sea patrols were lacking many important equipment and facilities while Indonesia has a vast territorial sea, he said. But with a remote sensing device, which China will provide, the agencies would be able to monitor happenings at sea in the interest of security and prosperity of the people, he added. “The satellite will be owned by the Bakormala while the results of its monitoring could be used by other agencies in the country,” he added.