Gates in Indonesia: US-Indo Ties Need Strengthening

The fact that US defense secretary Robert Gates is in Jarkarta right now makes all the more urgent the need for America and Indonesia to forge strong new ties and reinvigorate old ones. This was outlined in my piece in last week’s Asian American Press, where I argued that the Indonesian people’s interest in what they hope could be a new generation in American politics could be opening a window to cultural, political and economic flows that will help shape the new global landscape. That window could very well close, however, and the fact is that the same window is also open to Indonesia’s neighbor to the North, China, with its seemingly ever-growing global influence.

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