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,"
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.
Hillary Clinton arrives in
JAKARTA, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The newly-appointed U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived here on Wednesday, starting her
two-day visit in the country as part of her first Asia visit.
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
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
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton to visit China
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