Jakarta: As Canberra embarks on a diplomatic attraction attack aimed at countering China’s growing claims in the region, the new Australian Prime Minister and Indonesian President meet on Monday to strengthen ties on a bamboo bike. rice field. Anthony Albanese welcomed relations with Indonesia and vowed to strengthen them on their first bilateral trip since being elected last month, making Southeast Asia’s largest economy a traditional tour of the new Australian Prime Minister. I went.
After honoring Indonesia, Indonesian President Joko Widodo presented Albanese with a bicycle at the official residence of Bogor, south of the capital Jakarta. There, they took off their jackets, put on their helmets, and ran around the premises. “The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is one of our most important. We are connected not only by geography, but also by choice,” Albanese said at a joint press conference after the meeting.
“Our relationship is getting deeper and deeper with the strategic and economic benefits we share,” he added. Mr Widdo said that a good relationship between the two would contribute to “regional peace and prosperity.”
Albanese later tweeted about riding a bike. “It was an honor to have such a personal and enjoyable tour of the magnificent grounds.” Widodo tweeted that the bike was “designed for use on the highway” and was made of bamboo by East Javan langur designer Singgih Susilo Kartono, known for his woodwork.
Albanese confirms attendance at Indonesia-sponsored G20 summit in November, despite predecessor Scott Morrison booking to sit around a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the invasion of Ukraine did. “Before I traveled to Indonesia … Vladimir Putin said he attended a previous meeting in Australia hosted by (former Prime Minister) Tony Abbott,” he told reporters. “That didn’t mean we agreed with his position, certainly we find Putin’s actions abominable and illegal,” he added.
Labor leaders discussed with Widdo, his last visit to Australia in early 2020, to promote trade, climate change and regional security opportunities. 2024 — And he said he wants to advance the A $ 200 million ($ 144 million) climate and infrastructure fund for the country.
Focus on Southeast Asia
Indonesia supports a non-aligned position in the Pacific competition between Beijing and the Western nations. It is one of several Asian countries that has expressed concern about the AUKUS security agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and is widely seen as an effort to counter China. On Albanese’s three-day trip, he was accompanied by a business delegation and several ministers, including Foreign Minister Penny Wong, who met Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Sunday.
Born in Malaysia, Mr. Wong has previously called on Canberra to place greater emphasis on multi-billion dollar trade relations between Australia and Jakarta, as well as trade with Southeast Asia as a whole. “Deepening our involvement with Southeast Asia is a priority for my government,” Albanese announced a new mission and office in the region.
After meeting Widdo, Albanese travels to Makassar, South Sulawesi, where Australia is a diplomatic entity. He also planned to meet Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to help Canberra focus on strengthening alliances in the region. His first stop after his inauguration was Japan, where he traveled to meet with members of the Quad. This is an alliance formed in the face of China’s attempt to control the entire region. – AFP