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Apr 24, 2015

Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison ahead of the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday.

Among the convicted drug offenders set to face the firing squad are nationals from Australia, Brazil, France and Nigeria and the case has strained relations between the governments of those nations and Indonesia.

Apr 24, 2015

Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison for the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday.

Among the convicted drug offenders set to face the firing squad are nationals from Australia, Brazil, France, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and the case has strained relations between the governments of those nations and Indonesia.

Apr 23, 2015

Philippine VP open to exploring for oil with China in disputed sea

JAKARTA, April 23 (Reuters) – Philippine Vice President
Jejomar Binay, considered a front-runner for the presidency in
2016, said on Thursday he would welcome a joint venture with
China to explore for oil and gas in disputed areas of the South
China Sea.

Binay’s stance is in contrast to President Benigno Aquino,
who has opposed business partnerships with China in territory
claimed by both countries.

Apr 22, 2015

Japan says PM Abe will meet China’s Xi in Indonesia

TOKYO/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia on Wednesday, a Japanese government official said, the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the Asian rivals.

Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbors’ wartime past as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. A meeting on Wednesday between the two leaders could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year.

Apr 20, 2015

Indonesia military launches anti-IS operation on eastern island

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s military has launched an anti-terrorism operation on the eastern island of Sulawesi to crack down on militants with suspected links to Islamic State, the armed forces chief said on Monday.

General Moeldoko said the military was helping police to track down radicals, highlighting government concern over Indonesians pledging loyalty to IS and returning to the world’s most populous Muslim country after training alongside the group in Syria or Iraq.

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.