The Jakarta Leg Of President Obama’s Asian Tour: Not The Best Of Timing Really

November 10, 2010

The Jakarta Leg Of President Obama’s Asian Tour: Not The Best Of Timing Really

Anton Goryunov writes from Seoul: The Indonesian leg of President Barack Obama’s Asian tour was probably one of the most untimely visits by an American leader to a foreign land. It was all very fine for Mr Obama to reminisce about his years as a schoolboy in Jakarta, attending Muslim prayers with his mates and embracing the local culture, like those spicy meatballs with rice – mmm, yummy – but on balance it wasn’t really a great idea, if you consider the reaction in his current native land, America, where some people are convinced that he’s a practicing Muslim and not a ‘Christian by choice’, as he tells everyone – whatever that means. And what was the big plan behind Mr Obama’s speech at a state banquet in Jakarta, with him going out of his way to assure his hosts... 

Sino-Indonesian Military Relations Not Developing As Beijing Hoped

February 26, 2009

Sino-Indonesian Military Relations Not Developing As Beijing Hoped

Martin McCauley writes: US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, visited Indonesia last week as part of a tour of East and South East Asia. It underlined the fact that Asia is the main priority of the new US Administration. Military relations between Jakarta and Washington were normalised in 2005 after being frozen because of alleged Indonesian breaches of human rights in East Timor and Papua. Mrs Clinton called Indonesia a ‘dynamic country’ and one which shares democratic values with the US. She anticipates a closer relationship in the near future. The only country that can challenge American hegemony in the region is China. Its military relations with Indonesia began in 2005 but have shown little development since then. China and Indonesia enjoyed close ties between 1963 and 1965....