Pro American

Apr 27th, 2006, in News, by

Yusril Ihza Mahendra, the State Secretary and chairman of the Islamist Crescent Star Party (PBB), says Indonesia should orient itself more towards the United States, rather than China.

He said the Indonesian government has to be braver in taking the necessary steps to improve Indonesia’s position in the world and that this necessarily meant forging closer ties with America.

A pro-American position does not mean we have to change or limit the structural direction of our foreign policy, it is only so that we can further our interests internationally.
(Sikap pro ke-AS sama sekali bukan bermaksud mengubah struktur haluan politik luar negeri Indonesia yang bebas aktif, tetapi semata-mata hanyalah demi kepentingan nasional sesuai dinamika perkembangan politik dan ekonomi internasional.)

he said.

On the opposition this policy would likely meet from certain nationalist and Islamic figures and groups he said circumspectly:

We have to see things in the context of international politics and national interest.
(Kita harus melihatnya dari konteks dinamika politik internasional dan kepentingan nasional.)

He went on to say that until the present time the foreign policy direction of Indonesia was unclear, whether it was pro-American or pro-Chinese, and thus it was difficult to visualise and work towards future goals. Indonesia had to take a clear stand considering that the world was beginning to be polarised along US vs China lines, if its interests were to be served. During the Cold War Indonesia stood with America, he said, and he suggested that this ought to be the case again.

A closer relationship with the United States would be of far greater benefit to Indonesia than maintaining the current vague position and also better than one with China. This did not mean Indonesia should look down on China but it took account of the reality of continued US power in the world, a power that was still greatly superior to the Chinese. Allying with America also meant being close to the large powers of Europe, he added.

2 Comments on “Pro American”

  1. cokk says:

    Yeah, men. Independent to me means dependent to each other. We (must) have something US and RRC needs, and ro more and more countries. Then Indonesia will be an independent country among all others.

    It is weird, no comments applied. But, salute to Patung! I hope it is not false alarm just to tell people that you are moderate.

  2. Dragonwall says:

    Ya. Lean towards the West so that they could support his motiviation in running for presidency. Like usual those that leans westward tends to get the support they need. How about leaning backwards. Like Tjahja Kumolo says Indonesia doesn’t needs friends and has to depend on herself.

    If we examine the history of Indonesia during political shake down. Soekarno era when Soeharto set in, there were US present. Wiranto/Prabowo tussle, there were also US present. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out how a person tries on one hand to pacify the locals into going Sharia and on the other hand trying to gain support by urging pro US because of needed funds. Once in power then people will begin to realize that Indonesia may be made to plunge into the next “Howmany” era of the east.

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