TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

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...



Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.