Foreign Minister Antony J. Blinken will travel to Jakarta December 13-14, where he will meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and other high-ranking officials to discuss the strong strategic partnership between the US and Indonesia and the importance of a free one and open indo-pacific region. They will also discuss answers to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the climate crisis, ways to strengthen democracy and human rights, and expanding cooperation in areas such as maritime cooperation, global health and the digital economy.
Strengthening the strategic partnership between the US and Indonesia
- The United States and Indonesia share a deep and lasting strategic partnership based on common values, including a fundamental belief in democracy. As the world’s most populous nation with a Muslim majority, Indonesia is well positioned – both regionally and globally – to serve as an example of religious tolerance, plurality and inclusion for others.
- Given Indonesia’s status as the world’s third largest democracy, its historic leadership role in ASEAN, and its role as President of the G20, strengthening our strategic partnership with Indonesia is one of US foreign policy priorities. Foreign Minister Blinken’s visit to Jakarta follows the first US-Indonesia Strategic Dialogue, which took place in Washington in August 2021, the meeting of President Joseph R. Biden and President Joko Widodo in Glasgow in November, and President Joko Widodo’s participation in the Summit for Democracy in December.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our two nations, and we will continue to work together to end this pandemic and strengthen the global health architecture to prevent the next one. The United States has shared more than 25 million doses of vaccine with the people of Indonesia through COVAX, with more on the way. We look forward to continuing to work together to fight the pandemic and strengthen our economies.
- Our two nations pledge to continue our close cooperation to respond to the climate crisis through appropriate efforts and through our high-level bilateral climate working group and accelerate action in this decade to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Indonesia is also working closely with the United States through its collaboration with the Japan-US Clean Energy Partnership, which aims to accelerate decarbonization efforts through sustainable private investment.
- The United States and Indonesia are committed to strengthening democracy and protecting human rights. After the Summit for Democracy, our two nations will continue to work to face the serious challenges to democracy at home and abroad and to take steps to better protect human rights and ensure democracy.
The United States and Indonesia share a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region
- The United States and Indonesia share a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, including a commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight. Indonesia is a leader within ASEAN and an anchor of the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The United States remains deeply involved in the Indo-Pacific, and we and our partners believe that the best way to prevent conflict is to strengthen our common values.
- We support Indonesia’s strong efforts to protect its maritime rights and withstand the aggression of the PRC in the South China Sea, including in its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna Islands.
- Security cooperation is an essential pillar of our strategic partnership. The United States prides itself on being Indonesia’s largest defense partner in terms of the number of annual exercises and events we attend together. Our cooperation on counter-terrorism and combating violent extremism is also an important part of our collective efforts for a safer world.
Growing bilateral trade and investment relationships will help our economy thrive
- The United States remains deeply committed to Indonesia’s prosperity. We invest in maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific where all nations, including Indonesia, are able to seek economic growth in accordance with international law and the principles of fair competition. Our bilateral trade and investment relationships offer innumerable opportunities to create more jobs and economic growth for the benefit of all of our citizens.
- We are deploying new and innovative instruments to strengthen the engagement of US companies in Indonesia for the benefit of both countries. The US International Development Finance Corporation catalyzes US private sector investments in Indonesia’s growing infrastructure, digital and energy sectors, and the recent signing of a bilateral infrastructure finance deal will attract private sector capital to fill Indonesia’s estimated infrastructure gap of $ 1.5 trillion.
- US companies are important investors in Indonesia’s economy and contribute to sustainable growth in various sectors. Working together to improve trade standards, including creating a more inclusive process that brings workers of all backgrounds around the table, will ensure that the benefits of world trade are more widely shared. We believe this will lead to a more durable trade policy, fully supported by stakeholders, and delivering real results.