U.S. To Boost Strategic Partnership With Indonesia Amid China Rivalry

U.S. To Boost Strategic Partnership With Indonesia Amid China Rivalry

Andrew H. Sweet

Washington will enhance its strategic partnership with Jakarta; President Joe Biden said Monday as he met for the first time in person with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

For his part, Jokowi said Indonesia would become a reliable partner to Washington, as he invited the U.S. to invest in environmentally sustainable sectors in his country.

During their meeting on Monday, Jokowi and Biden also discussed the post-coup crisis in Myanmar. They called on the junta to immediately release jailed political prisoners since the military ousted the civilian government on February 1.

Indonesia has become China's largest trading partner. Chinese investments in the archipelago nation have grown consistently, doubling to almost $4.8 billion in 2020 from $2.4 billion in 2017.

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