Top 3 News of the Week: 10 Strongest Militaries in Asia, 10 Countries with the Lowest Salaries in Asia

Top 3 News of the Week: 10 Strongest Militaries in Asia, 10 Countries with the Lowest Salaries in Asia

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Tempo English compiled the top 3 news on the platform this week, starting from Monday, November 13, 2023, until Sunday, November 19, 2023.

The following is the list of the top three news on Tempo English this week:

1. 10 Strongest Militaries in Asia 2023, Indonesia Ranks Above Israel

The portal for ranking a country’s military strength, Global Firepower (GFP), compiled a list of 45 countries on the Asian continent that have the best defense systems. The ranking is determined based on more than 60 factors to determine the final strength index score (PowerIndex).

Some of the components of the assessment in question are the amount of ownership of the main weapons system (alutsista), national financial conditions, as well as logistical capabilities, and geographical conditions.

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2. 10 Countries with the Lowest Salaries in Asia, Including Indonesia

It cannot be denied that salary is one of the main considerations when looking for work. Based on Michael Page Indonesia’s report in Talent Trends 2022: The Great X, as many as 25 percent of respondents said that salary, bonuses, and awards are important factors in choosing a workplace.

However, based on the February 2021 National Labor Force Survey (Sakernas), there are 49.7 percent of workers who are still paid below the minimum wage. In addition, out of a total of 34 provinces in Indonesia, there are 11 provinces where the average net wage is still below the minimum wage standard.

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3. Indonesian Peacekeeping Forces to Remain in Lebanon Amid Aggression, Defense Minister Says

Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto stated that Indonesia currently has no plan to withdraw its military forces deployed in a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. The information was relayed during a press conference after the 17th ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting (ADMM) and the 10th ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting Plus 2023.

The ASEAN forum discussed several security and defense issues, including the geopolitical dynamics and defense agreement in ASEAN. All state members’ defense ministers attended the forum with the exception of Myanmar.

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