Mattis: US, Indonesia should step up cooperation

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

Visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stands beside Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu at the Defence Ministry in Jakarta, Indonesia January 23, 2018.

Mattis later told reporters that Indonesia is a fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific region with an important role to play.

An unclassified, 11-page version of the document the Pentagon released last Friday said: "It is increasingly clear that China and Russian Federation want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model - gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic and security decisions". "I'll be doing a lot of listening", he said, adding he had a "full agenda" with his counterparts in the two countries.

"So that shows that this continues to be a subject wherever we are in the world, as the entire world - you've seen three unanimous (United Nations) Security Council resolutions on the issue of strengthening sanctions (against North Korea), and this is an ongoing effort", he said.

The trip comes as the USA tries to boost defense ties between the two nations.

In 2015, Indonesia and the US issued a statement on comprehensive defense cooperation when Indonesian President Joko Widodo paid a visit to Washington.

Sources in Seoul said he could also meet there with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo to discuss alliance issues ahead of next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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