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Nov 13, 2014

Indonesia to create new coastguard, boost defense spending

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will launch a new coastguard next month to crack down on piracy and smuggling which can disrupt commerce in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, the chief security minister told Reuters on Thursday.

The force is part of President Joko Widodo’s push to reassure investors at a time when the economy is growing at its slowest in five years and is strained by twin trade and current account deficits.

Nov 8, 2014

As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be “America’s Pacific century”.

    Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington’s “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation’s armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Nov 8, 2014

As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains in face of China’s influence

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be “America’s Pacific century”.

    Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington’s “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation’s armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Nov 3, 2014

Eurofighter confident of new orders to avert production slowdown

JAKARTA, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The CEO of the Eurofighter
Typhoon consortium on Monday said he is confident of winning a
new export order for the combat plane to avoid having to reduce
production.

The consortium, founded in 1986, has only sold the Typhoon
to Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman, outside of the consortium’s
home markets of Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Oct 29, 2014

From duck eggs to fiscal deficit, the journey by Indonesia’s economics minister

JAKARTA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Born in poverty in a rebel
stronghold, Indonesia’s new chief economics minister once sold
duck eggs on the street to pay his school fees.

Sofyan Djalil later studied law in Indonesia and then went
to Tufts University in the United States where he received two
masters’ degrees and a doctorate. A decade ago, he became a
minister in the cabinet.

Oct 26, 2014

Indonesia president appoints technocrats to top economic posts

JAKARTA, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo
on Sunday assigned professional technocrats to lead the top
economic ministries and implement much-needed reforms that
address costly fuel subsidies, cooling investment and the
country’s creaky infrastructure.

Widodo, who took office on Monday, unveiled his cabinet of
34 ministers that included former state-owned enterprises
minister Sofyan Djalil as coordinating minister for economics,
and promoted vice minister Bambang Brodjonegoro to be head of
the finance ministry.

Oct 18, 2014

Indonesia’s Widodo to name ex-Astra chief state enterprises minister

JAKARTA, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Indonesian President-elect Joko
Widodo is expected to appoint former Astra International chief
Rini Soemarno as minister for state-owned enterprises
(SOE), two advisers said on Saturday.

Widodo will be sworn in as Indonesia’s seventh president on
Monday and is expected to announce his cabinet the next day.

Oct 16, 2014

U.S. seeks more from China, Asian Muslim nations, on Islamic State

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will seek greater cooperation from China and Southeast Asia’s main Muslim states, Indonesia and Malaysia, in the campaign against Islamic State and staunching the flow of foreign fighters to the militant group, U.S. and Asian officials said.

China’s most senior diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, is expected in Kerry’s home city of Boston on Friday and Saturday, a Chinese diplomat said. Kerry is then due in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, for Monday’s inauguration of newly-elected president Joko Widodo.

Oct 8, 2014

Indonesian lawmakers to probe alleged graft under Widodo’s watch

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian opposition lawmakers plan to investigate alleged wrongdoing when President-elect Joko Widodo was governor of the capital, Jakarta, and mayor of the city of Solo, a senior opposition member said.

Widodo narrowly won a July election with promises to voters jaded by generations of graft that he would bring effective and clean government.

Aug 26, 2014

Indonesia president-elect to announce cabinet in early October

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Joko Widodo will announce his cabinet team in early October, according to a senior adviser to the president-elect, as he steps up preparations to become the next leader of the world’s third largest democracy.

All eyes are on Widodo’s choices to head the main economic ministries, who will inherit problems in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy ranging from a widening current account deficit and cooling investment to the slowest growth since 2009.