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US President Joe Biden’s administration has approved the sale of weapons worth about $1.8 billion to Indonesia. The United States is constantly taking steps to check the growing dominance of China in the Indo-Pacific and the sale of these weapons is part of that.

The US State Department has approved the sale of advanced fighter jets worth 12.5 billion. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is on a tour of Australia. It aims to underscore the US’s determination not to allow China to have free control over the Pacific despite escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

According to the ministry, Indonesia has been allowed to sell eight F-16 fighter jets, engines and related equipment. Including munitions and communication systems.

The agreement follows Blinken’s visit to Jakarta in mid-December. Blink praised the US’s close ties with Indonesia amid human rights concerns at the time.

The State Department said in a statement that the proposed sale would support US foreign policy goals and national security objectives by improving the security of a key regional partner for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region.

The statement made no mention of China, but called on the US administration to include Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim democracy, in its campaign to thwart China’s efforts to increase its dominance in the South China Sea and Pacific region and elsewhere. called upon.