Indonesia rejected a U.S. request for landing and refueling rights in Indonesia for its P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that monitor China’s activities.

Although sharing the same position in opposing China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Indonesian officials have expressed concern about Washington’s strident anti-China policies and rhetoric alongside rising superpower tensions.

Indonesia underlined the need for every country to be part of the solution in the collective contribution towards world peace, stability and prosperity.

Indonesia’s economic ties with China have increased at the same time Washington has considered downgrading Indonesia’s preferential trade treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) facility.

Pompeo said he recognized the deficit in the economic relationship of the two countries, but made no commitment to retaining Indonesia’s access to the GSP facility, which gives more than 3,500 Indonesian products duty-free status.

Next month, senior government officials say Indonesia is expected to sign the world’s biggest trade pact – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – that involves Southeast Asian states and China, but not the USA.

Pompeo said he recognized the deficit in the economic relationship of the two countries, but made no commitment to retaining Indonesia’s access to the GSP facility, which gives more than 3,500 Indonesian products duty-free status.

There should be much more military investment in Indonesia from the USA, especially in the digital, energy and infrastructure sectors.

President (Jokowi) emphasized that Indonesia wants economic cooperation between the two countries increasing in the future, including extension of GSP facilities for Indonesia.

The president urged Pompeo to “understand Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian countries so as to create peace, stability and cooperation in the region”.

Before Pompeo’s visit to Indonesia, he visited India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He is scheduled to fly to Vietnam later on Thursday.

Reuters / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

4.5 2 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
2 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Tik Tok
Tik Tok
Guest
30-10-20 07:35

No more war incentives on foreign territory?