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Jakarta Post

Insight: President Obama and Indonesia

  • Jusuf Wanandi

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 9 2010   /  09:36 am

Finally, US President Barack Obama will visit Indonesia — after twice cancelling his plans due to domestic political issues.As Endy Bayuni wrote earlier in The Jakarta Post, previous cancellations have dampened euphoria for the visit. However, this visit is even more important now for two reasons.The strategic dynamics of East Asia have changed with the rise of China, especially after the Chinese successfully weathered the 2008 financial crisis. The West, including the US, have not fared as well. The US will need a long time to overcome the depth of the crisis and its impact.The current rhetoric from the Chinese, which sounds more assertive and sometimes even aggressive, has puzzled the region. The Chinese might have a point to resist US pressures, such as to revaluate the yuan to reduce imbalances. They could do it with finesse and nuance. This is at least expected from a big power th...