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Clinton’s Indonesia Visit: News Summary Brief

Updated On: Feb 20, 2009

Date of visit: 19 Feb 2009 (24 hours)


Schedule (pieced together from news reports)

1. Met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda
2. Visited the ASEAN headquarters, and met Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan
3. Visited USAID-funded humanitarian projects in Indonesia, including small-scale water purification in a slum neighbourhood, and recycling and composing projects
4. 10-minute appearance on a music talkshow for youth titled "Dahsyat" ("Awesome")
5. Hosted a dinner with the country's civil society leaders


(A) ASEAN and Indonesia to play a key role in Washington's new foreign policy approach

i. "Building a comprehensive partnership with Indonesia is a critical step on behalf of the United States' commitment to smart power... certainly Indonesia…will play a leading role in the promotion of that future," Clinton said.
ii. Clinton said that the US will pursue accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia. 
iii. FYI Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (ASEAN document) was signed in Indonesia, 24 February 1976 by Indonesia, Sg, Thailand, Msia, and Philippines. For cooperation and promotion of regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule or law and enhancing regional resilience in their relations; guided by mutual respect/non-interference in domestic affairs, renunciation of threat/force, cooperation et al. http://www.aseansec.org/1217.htm)


(B) Indonesia as a bridge to the Muslim world – mixed reactions

i. "It's important to listen as well as talk to those around the world, to support a country that has demonstrated so clearly that Islam, democracy and modernity cannot only coexist but thrive together," Clinton said.
ii. Doubts on the ground over whether Indonesia is suited to serve as bridge for US to reach out to Muslim world as Indonesia does not represent the Muslim world, and Indonesia not really a Muslim country, in comparison to Egypt or Saudi Arabia.


(C) Burma/Myanmar and Indonesia/ASEAN

i. US will eventually ask for the commitment and the observance of Myanmar to their legal commitment under the (ASEAN) Charter.
ii. "Imposing sanction has not influenced the junta ... reaching out and trying to engage has not influenced them either." Clinton said.


(D) Financial Crisis and Aid

i. Jakarta had discussed the possibility of U.S. assistance in the form of a currency swap agreement and possible contingency funding to support Southeast Asia's top economy. Indonesia already seeks to extend a $6 billion currency swap arrangement with Japan and has similar deals, each worth $3 billion, with China and South Korea.


(E) Environment and Indonesia

i. Clinton "applauded" Indonesian efforts to "integrate deforestation into the broader climate negotiations."

 

Sources

Jakarta Post, 20 Feb 2009, US, RI pledge closer, comprehensive ties, http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20090219.@01&ir...

Jarkarta Post, 20 Feb 2009, Warm, flowery welcome for Clinton http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20090219.@03&ir...

Jakarta Post, 20 Feb 2009, Can Indonesia cope with Hillary Clinton? http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20090219.A04&ir...

ChannelNewsAsia, 19 Feb 2009, Doubts over whether Indonesia can serve as bridge for US to reach out to Muslim worldhttp://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/410165/1/.html

The Straits Times, 19 Feb 2009, Soft & smart power combined http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2009/2/19/an-awesome-show-of-soft-smart-po...

Reuters, 19 Feb 2009, Indonesia tells Clinton US must lead on climate change http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed1/idUSJAK207049

AFP, 20 Feb 2009, Clinton, Indonesia need to act on climate: environmentalistshttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iERVAItnUxbPQ07OzvkMj...







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