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Jakarta Post

Strategic importance of US vice president's visit

  • Akbar Makarti
    Akbar Makarti

    Staff member at the Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for American and European Affairs

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 20, 2017   /  10:17 am
Strategic importance of US vice president's visit Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Trane Parts and Distribution Center, on March 11, in Louisville, Ky. (AP/Timothy D. Easley)

United States Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Indonesia and neighboring countries on April 15 to 24 could not have come at a more critical time. The tour is Pence’s first official trip to the Asia Pacific and the choice of countries signals a crystal clear message: The US is committed to maintaining its important alliances and interests in the region, as well as strategic partnership with Indonesia. From Indonesia’s perspective, there is a lot at stake, too. Pence’s visit not only provides an opportunity to recalibrate Indonesia’s strategic goals in Indonesia-US bilateral relations but also provides an opportunity to engage in constructive talks with the new US administration and gain a better understanding of President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy. There are three key areas of interest that Indonesia should a...

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