Indonesia proposes increasing non-military cooperation with U.S.
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    JAKARTA, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here Wednesday he had proposed increasing non-military cooperation in Indonesia's relations in the defense and security fields with the United States.

    The proposal had been conveyed to Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirayuda who is now meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Antara news agency quoted the defense minister as saying.

    Clinton arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon from Tokyo for a two-day visit to Indonesia. She will meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday before leaving for South Korea.

    "In our defense and security cooperation with the U.S. at present we prioritize education for National Defense Forces (TNI) soldiers in the framework of the integrated three-force (army, navy, air force) defense concept," Sudarsono said.

    The minister said Indonesia's military needed the ability to manage their defense tasks professionally and proportionally.

    He said Indonesia still lacked middle-class personnel to manage the country professionally in both the private and public sectors.     

    U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood said in Washington DC recently that Clinton had included Indonesia in the itinerary of her maiden overseas tour because she wanted to win over the Muslim world.

    Wood said Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, was important for the U.S., and therefore Clinton found it necessary to win over Indonesia early on in her career in office.

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    Her visit was under tight security in the nation which has been hit by series of terrorist strikes since 2000 that killed hundreds of people.  Full story

Indonesian Muslim leader snubs Clinton

    JAKARTA, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- An Indonesian Islamic leader rejected Wednesday an invitation to dine with Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States, who seeks to rebuild ties with the Muslim world on her first trip to Indonesia, the official Antara news agency reported.

    The snub came as Clinton arrived Wednesday afternoon in the world's most populous Muslim country as part of a four-nation swing through Asia.  Full story

Hillary Clinton to visit U.S. military command in S Korea

    SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit the joint South Korean-U.S. military command in Seoul during her stay in the nation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday.

    Clinton will meet with military officials of the Combined Forces Command (CFC), including Gen. Walter Sharp, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, Yonhap quoted CFC official Kim Yong-kyu as saying. Full story

News Analysis: Clinton's inaugural visit leaves Japan with assurance, deliberation

    TOKYO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Japan on her first overseas trip as the chief U.S. diplomat, heralding messages that Japan remained the key ally of the United States, while prompting Japan to deliberate on its role in the international community when its domestic politics is a mess.

    Clinton's visit started from a visit to Tokyo's Meiji Shrine to pay respect to "Japan's tradition and culture", followed by a highlighted meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone, a signing ceremony of a relocation agreement of U.S. marines and a post-meeting joint press conference. Full story

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    BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit China from Feb. 20 to 22, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu announced here Tuesday.

    Invited by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Clinton will discuss Sino-U.S. relations as well as issues of common concern with Chinese leaders during her first China visit since taking office.Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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