Indonesia seeks help to secure Malacca Straits

Indonesia seeks help to secure Malacca Straits

Indonesia seeks help to secure Malacca Straits

Updated 19 December 2011, 16:26 AEDT

Indonesia's defence minister has called on Japan, China and South Korea to help Indonesia secure the Malacca Straits sea lane.

Juwono Sudarsono says Indonesia lacks the capacity to deploy resources, equipment and ships.

He's asking East Asia's wealthiest economies to provide technical assistance on an ASEAN-wide and bilateral basis.

Mr Sudarsono says Indonesia had a huge responsibility to secure the sea lanes in the Malacca Straits because of its size and strategic location in the area.

But he says Jakarta does not have the financial means to do it all alone.

The prosperity of East Asia and Southeast Asia is heavily dependent on safety in the Malacca Straits, since the passageway accounts for 40 per cent of global seaborne trade.