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Apr 13, 2015

Indonesia eyes regular navy exercises with U.S. in South China Sea

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia wants to hold regular military exercises with the United States near the sparsely populated Natuna archipelago, an area of the South China Sea near China’s claims, a navy spokesman said on Monday.

Although Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, the military has accused China of including parts of Natuna within its so called “Nine-Dash Line,” the vague boundary used on Chinese maps to lay claim to about 90 percent of the sea.

Apr 3, 2015

Interview: Indonesia’s political elite “plotting to cripple anti-graft agency”

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s political elite have closed ranks to undermine the country’s anti-graft commission, which has already been weakened by a bitter dispute over the president’s choice for police chief, a senior official of the agency said.

Johan Budi, acting deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), also took a swipe at President Joko Widodo, who was elected last year amid hopes that he would confront the corruption that plagues Indonesia, for dithering over the row and allowing the commission’s work to be derailed.

Apr 3, 2015

Indonesia’s political elite ‘plotting to cripple anti-graft agency’

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s political elite have closed ranks to undermine the country’s anti-graft commission, which has already been weakened by a bitter dispute over the president’s choice for police chief, a senior official of the agency said.

Johan Budi, acting deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), also took a swipe at President Joko Widodo, who was elected last year amid hopes that he would confront the corruption that plagues Indonesia, for dithering over the row and allowing the commission’s work to be derailed.

Mar 24, 2015

Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers: sources

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will withdraw a plan that would force foreign workers to take local language proficiency exams after protests from investors, two government officials said.

Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri earlier this month told reporters the government would require existing and prospective foreigners to pass Indonesian language tests to work in the country, a move seen by many foreign investors as protectionist.

Mar 19, 2015

Japan to expand SE Asia security ties with Indonesia pact

TOKYO/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Japan will sign a defense pact with Indonesia next week, officials in both governments said, the latest effort by Tokyo to forge closer security ties with Southeast Asian nations and build a counter-balance to China.

Japan has already bolstered military partnerships with the Philippines and Vietnam, the two countries most at odds with China over a territorial row in the South China Sea. Japan itself is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, further to the north.

Mar 18, 2015

Interview: Indonesia unlikely to execute drug convicts for weeks or months – VP Kalla

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is not likely to execute a group of death row convicts, mostly foreigners, for weeks or even months, until its courts decide on their last-minute legal appeals, Vice President Jusuf Kalla told Reuters on Wednesday.

Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Five foreigners were among six people executed last month, the first executions since President Joko Widodo took office in October.

Mar 18, 2015

Indonesia unlikely to execute drug convicts for weeks or months: VP Kalla

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is not likely to execute a group of death row convicts, mostly foreigners, for weeks or even months, until its courts decide on their last-minute legal appeals, Vice President Jusuf Kalla told Reuters on Wednesday.

Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Five foreigners were among six people executed last month, the first executions since President Joko Widodo took office in October.

Mar 18, 2015

Indonesia’s c.bank should cut rates by up to 100 bps this year -VP

JAKARTA, March 18 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s central bank
should cut its benchmark interest rate by up to 100 basis
points, to 6.5 percent, by the end of this year, to help revive
Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the country’s vice president
told Reuters on Wednesday.

The central bank, which surprised markets last month by
cutting its benchmark rate, kept its interest rate unchanged at
7.5 percent on Tuesday, saying the level was consistent with
efforts to contain inflation and the current account deficit.

Feb 2, 2015

Investigators say no evidence AirAsia captain left his seat

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian air crash investigators said on Monday they had not so far found evidence that the pilot of an AirAsia jet had left his seat, or that power to an automated control system was shut off, shortly before the aircraft plunged into the sea.

Two sources familiar with the investigation had told Reuters that Captain Iriyanto was out of his seat carrying out the unusual procedure of pulling the circuit-breaker on a flight computer when his co-pilot apparently lost control of the Airbus A320.

Jan 19, 2015

Indonesia says no evidence so far of terrorism in AirAsia crash

JAKARTA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Indonesian investigators said on
Monday they had found no evidence so far that terrorism played a
part in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last
month that killed all 162 people on board.

Andreas Hananto told Reuters that his team of 10
investigators at the National Transportation Safety Committee
(NTSC) had found “no threats” in the cockpit voice recordings to
indicate foul play during AirAsia Flight QZ8501.