Indonesia Us Relations

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Indonesia-US Relations Indonesia is the largest Moslem country in the world and has the fourth largest population. Still, many Americans don't know much about this archipelago. Indonesia is strategically located in Southeast Asia, between Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and Indian Ocean. It is made up of over 17,000 islands and the population consists of over 300 ethnic groups, each with its own local language and local tradition, struggling for survival, maintenance and, in some cases, dominance. It has an estimated population of around 220 million people with 87% being Moslems. Indonesia recognizes 5 main religions (Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism & Buddhism), but Islam has been the most influential throughout…show more content…
Indonesia believes that the region of south east Asia needs to cooperate with other strategic competitors in order to sustain international stability. If the US chose to refuse relations with Indonesia, the region could ultimately fall to Chinese or Indian influence. This would potentially lead to a reduction is US business throughout the region and also a loss on indonesian jobs. Indonesia currently cooperates with the US and contributes to regional efforts to ensure a stable and predictable regional order in Asia-Pacific. Indonesia stresses that it doedominated the region dominated by any one major country or a group of countries. Indonesia is currently working to establish a regional environment where the East Asia Summit(EAS) along with the US and Russia become the main facilitators of an Asian-Pacific wide community. With that being said, Indonesia hopes the partnership with the US will contribute to the realization of this endeavor. East Asia is also important for the US when it comes to the search for regional partners focusing on global problems. Climate change, energy security, transnational crimes and food security have all been major topics in US foreign policy. The same can be said about democracy and human rights. In this context, a partnership with Indonesia would enhance the efforts to find both a regional and global solution to those problems.
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