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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, US remain upbeat despite lull in strategic ties

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  05:54 pm
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Charge d’affaires of the United States Mission to ASEAN James Carouso (left) shares a symbolic moment with his wife Elizabeth (right), Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto (second left), ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi (third left), US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. (third right) and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati during an event to celebrate US Independence Day at the ambassador’s house in Jakarta on July 4.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

At a recent Fourth of July commemoration in Jakarta, United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. described how close Indonesia-US engagement had been even before the two countries established diplomatic ties almost 70 years ago. Some years before that, 11 American sailors and airmen were saved and sheltered for five years by local Dayak tribespeople after their planes were shot and crashed into what is now North Kalimantan. “When a US Embassy team visited the area in March to commemorate the rescue, one of the original Dayak rescuers – now 82 – told them it was the Dayak people’s respect for American values of fairness, integrity and tolerance that motivated this unlikely partnership,” Donovan said in his speech. There were many more in the “amazing collection of individuals” that the envoy said had worked hard throughout...