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US base no threat to Indonesia

  • The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Mon, November 21 2011   /  08:00 am

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard have agreed that the relations between the two countries remain strong despite the establishment of a US military base in Darwin, an Australian city closest to Indonesia.

In their first of what will become annual talks between the leaders of the two countries in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Sunday, Yudhoyono said he was assured by Gillard’s explanation that Australia and the US meant no harm in their plan to build military base in Darwin, only 820 kilometers from Indonesian territory.

US President Barack Obama and Gillard last week unveiled plans to deepen the US military’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region by establishing a US base equipped with 2,500 US marines in Darwin, Australia’s Northern Territory.

Many have said that the growing US military presence in the region is aimed at counter...