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Jakarta Post

RI, Canada expand ties beyond G20

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 29 2010   /  10:25 am

The rise of a resilient Asia in the face of the global economic downturn has brought many major countries knocking on Indonesia’s door in recent years, including the US, China and Canada. Ties between Indonesia and Canada are largely underpinned by economic contacts, but Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia Mackenzie Clugston said recently in an interview that both countries had expanded relations beyond the economy along with the rise of Indonesia as a democracy.“Our principle interest in Indonesia is that it is a major G20 country, geographically speaking it is one of the largest countries in the world, it occupies a strategic area in Southeast Asia, it is a democratic, multicultural and multi-religious society, it plays an increasingly [important] role,” he said.Canada will celebrate Canada Day on July 1.Clugston said Canada had poured a significant amount of development grants into...