Indonesia refuses US spy plane landing request, former Vice Foreign Minister of Indonesia: we dont want to be cheated into the Anti China movement

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 Indonesia refuses US spy plane landing request, former Vice Foreign Minister of Indonesia: we dont want to be cheated into the Anti China movement


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According to Indonesian officials, U.S. officials had high-level contacts with Indonesian defense and foreign ministers on the above proposal in July and August, but since then, Indonesian President Joko has rejected the request. The Indonesian official said that the Indonesian government was surprised by the US proposal because Indonesia has long pursued a neutral foreign policy. Indonesia has never allowed foreign troops to operate in the country.

Reuters commented that the proposal comes at a time when competition for influence between the United States and China in Southeast Asia is escalating. The p-8 Poseidon maritime anti submarine patrol aircraft plays a core role in paying close attention to Chinas military activities in the South China Sea.

We dont want to be trapped in this competition, retno said in an interview in early September. Indonesia wants to show you that we are ready to be your partner..

Investment and economic ties between Indonesia and China are growing, Reuters said. Dino Patty described the US approach as a bit out of place.. We dont want to be cheated into an anti China movement, he told Reuters. We will certainly remain independent, but Indonesia has deeper economic ties with China, and China is now the most influential country in the world.

As for the move of the United States to pull Indonesia into the partnership, Greg paulin, an analyst on Southeast Asia at the center for strategic and international studies, a us think tank, said that trying to win landing rights for spy planes was a clumsy ultra vires act. It shows how little the U.S. government knows about Indonesia. Theres a clear upper limit to what you can do, and when it comes to Indonesia, its deployment, paulin told Reuters.

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