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Jakarta Post

Protection money for Trump

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  01:52 am

The government not only needs to mitigate any potential impact on the Indonesian economy from United States President Donald Trump’s global trade war; it also has to anticipate a possible arms race among major Asian nations, given Trump’s repeated warnings to US allies in the region, including Japan and South Korea, that they must pay more for the protection they receive from the US.

In the underworld this would simply constitute extortion, but the Americans seem to love it. “NATO countries must pay more. The United States must pay less. Very unfair!” Trump tweeted before attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organization annual summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

From the beginning of his presidency, Trump has demonstrated his displeasure with the European Union and the 29-member NATO alliance. He urged each member to allocate at least 2 percent of its gross domestic p...