Friday, June 22, 2012

KEY IMPORTANCE TO USA - INDONESIA


children of java
Indonesian. By javajive

Of key importance to the USA is Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world by population.

The USA toppled the first president of Indonesia, Sukarno, because he was seen as being too neutral.

The USA toppled the second president of Indonesia, Suharto, partly because he was not giving enough contracts to US companies.

The current president of Indonesia, Yudhoyono, has to be careful not to be too friendly towards China.



"Indonesia’s 17,000 islands contain some of the most strategically-significant waterways in the world, namely the straits of Malacca, Sunda, and Lombok. These straits see nearly half of the global merchant fleet pass through them every year, as well as a much of Northeast Asia’s energy supplies."

Indonesia "was seen as a strategic anti-communist bulwark during the Cold War, and as the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia has also emerged as a key regional ally in the global war on terror."


(US-Indonesian Relations: A Balancing Act - Analysis - Eurasia Review - Geopolitical Monitor - By Daniel Bodirsky - June 11, 2012)



The CIA and its friends have carried out acts of terrorism in Indonesia, in order to keep Indonesia under its control.


The CIA's Allen Pope during his trial in Jakarta, 28 December 1959. The CIA secretly bombed Christians in Indonesia, in order to topple President Sukarno. On 15 May 1958, a CIA plane bombed the Ambon marketplace, killing a large number of civilians on their way to church on Ascension Thursday.Three days later, during another bombing run over Ambon, a CIA pilot, Allen Lawrence Pope, was shot down and captured.

The Bali Bombings were allegedly carried out by the CIA and its friends, with the help of their assets within the Indonesian military and police.

aangirfan: BALI BOMB - inside job.


Obama's mother, who moved to Indonesia in 1967. Ann Dunham reportedly worked for a CIA front organisation.

"The South China Sea and surrounding areas contain an estimated 28 billion barrels of oil, making control of the tiny islands that dot the sea a strategic imperative for regional actors.

"China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei all have overlapping claims to the islands.

"China’s increased military presence is understandably making its neighbours nervous. It is this fear that is driving Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and the Philippines into the arms of the United States."


(US-Indonesian Relations: A Balancing Act - Analysis - Eurasia Review - Geopolitical Monitor - By Daniel Bodirsky - June 11, 2012)


Robert Gates, on a 2010 visit to Indonesia, during which he announced that the US would continue helping to train Kopassus, an elite special forces unit accused of kidnappings and assassinations. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie Cullen

Indonesia's business elite are mainly Chinese in origin.

They have not always been popular with ordinary Indonesians.

danny
Indonesian. By Mindtrain

But, reportedly, "Most Indonesians hold favourable views of China (67%).

"There are also substantial trade links between the two powers (bilateral trade of $25.5 billion in 2009)"

"Indonesia’s short-term strategic interests are based on carefully balancing its relationships with the United States and China.

Child on Kuta beach
Indonesian. By Franc Le Blanc .

"While its neighbours ratchet up anti-Chinese rhetoric over miniscule islands, Jakarta has chosen to follow a path of moderation.

"As an emerging middle-tier power, Indonesia cannot afford to sacrifice its deepening economic ties with China in favour of a stronger relationship with the U.S., as many of the other states in the region have already done.

"Thus, Indonesia will likely continue to pursue the middle-ground in conducting its relations in the near future."

(US-Indonesian Relations: A Balancing Act - Analysis - Eurasia Review - Geopolitical Monitor - By Daniel Bodirsky - June 11, 2012)



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