SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was asked to comment on US President Obama's postponed trip to Indonesia. The reason for the trip's three-month delay is for the President to shore up support for his healthcare plan. Political pundits are saying that this delay will give trade and business first-move advantages to other countries such as China and Australia, who have already made plans for official visits to Indonesia in April and June respectively.
"He’s in a bit of a no-win situation," Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said by phone. "If he’s not shown to be effective in America no one in Asia will take him seriously."