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November 05, 2010

White House: Obama`s Asia trip underscores re-engagement strategy

Washington (ANTARA News/Xinhua-OANA) - A White House official said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama`s visit to Asia next month underscores his Asia strategy of renewed engagement.




On Nov. 6, Obama will start his visit to India, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

U.S. engagement in Asia is "founded upon our core alliances in the region, and of course South Korea and Japan are at the top of that list," Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, told reporters at a briefing for the visit.

He said the visit to Indonesia is meant to "deepen partnership with emerging powers," adding that Obama will deliver a speech there on his outreach effort to the Muslim world on Nov. 10.

Due to a variety of reasons, Obama had postponed visits to Indonesia for three times, which has somewhat angered the Southeast Asian country for lack of respect. In September, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did not attend a summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New York, citing "domestic reasons."

Even though, Rhodes stressed the importance of Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country and the biggest economy in ASEAN, saying it is the intersection of a lot of key American interests.

"We see this as a partnership that is very important to the future of American interests in Asia and the world," he said.

Obama`s visit to Indonesia and his speech there is designed to continue his effort to improve America`s tarnished image in the Muslim world.

Obama, since his first day in office, has been actively trying to restore U.S. engagement and influence in Asia, especially in Southeast Asia, which is more or less ignored by the previous Bush administration.

One obvious example, cited by many, is that former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice had skipped two important ASEAN meetings during the Bush term.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to give a "mixed" assessment on his more-than-a-year outreach to the Muslim world during his Asian tour next month, a White House official said on Thursday.

The assessment is part of the speech that Obama is scheduled to deliver on Nov. 10 in Indonesia. In June of last year in Cairo, Obama gave his first major speech targeting Muslims, which is designed to improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world.(*)

The Jakartaglobe
Jakarta. With four days to go to US President Barack Obama’s visit to Indonesia, it remains unclear whether he will visit the country’s largest mosque, Istiqlal, as the White House suggested last week.

“It is still tentative,” Julian Aldrin Pasha, a spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday.

“He has plans to go there, but we heard that it is not yet confirmed. It will be decided directly by the White House.”

A schedule obtained by the Globe on Thursday showed the mosque was not on the itinerary.

Such a visit, in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, had been seen as a symbolic gesture to engage Muslim communities around the world.

The visit to Indonesia in itself has been seen as a good opportunity for Obama to once again send a message of peace to the Muslim world, that the United States is not waging war against Islam.

On Tuesday, Obama is scheduled to meet with Yudhoyono, and a visit to the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta is planned for early the next day.

He is also scheduled to give a speech at University of Indonesia before leaving later in the day for South Korea to attend the Group of 20 summit in Seoul.

Yudhoyono on Thursday chaired a meeting with several of his ministers, including the three coordinating ministers and the foreign minister, to discuss preparations for Obama’s visit. 

Meanwhile, Austrian President Heinz Fischer will be in the country from Tuesday through Thursday.

He is expected to be accompanied by his wife, a number of ministers, senior officials and a business delegation.

“There will be comprehensive partnership launched during Obama’s visit,” Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, told journalists after the meeting at the palace.

“Comprehensive means discussing all aspects, not only concerning political, security but also economy, trade, investment, people to people relation, cooperation in the fields of education, environment and regional problems.”

Marty said that among one of the issues the two sides hoped to work on was the sharp decline in the number of Indonesian students studying in the United States, now at around 7,000 from the previous 14,000.

“We will try to solve this so there would be a bigger possibility for Indonesians to study in the United States,” he said.

Hatta Rajasa, coordinating minister for economy, said that the focus of the economic cooperation is on Overseas Private Investment Corporation that has been agreed.

“[There will also talk] about clean energy that is our focus for the future,” Hatta said.

Regarding investment, Hatta said that US companies is one of the biggest investors in Indonesia, through company such as GE, Caterpillar and many others.

The recent election result in the USA, Mary said, did not influence the relationship of the two nations.

“The internal development in US will not impact the relationship of Indonesia and US,” Marty said.

“The comprehensive partnership between the two nations based on strong base and it is strategic for the future, so it would not be influenced on the internal situation in that country.”

US President's Schedule

4:25 am
The President and the First Lady arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia
Local Event Time:
4:25 PM WIT
Halim International Airport
Open Press
5:05 am
The President and the First Lady participate in arrival ceremony
Local Event Time:
5:05 PM
Indonesia, Jakarta, State Palace Complex – Istana Merdeka
Travel Pool Coverage
5:25 am
The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Yudhoyono
Local Event Time:
5:25 PM WIT
Indonesia, Jakarta, State Palace Complex – Istana Merdeka
Pool Spray at the Top
5:50 am
The President holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Yudhoyono
Local Event Time:
5:50 PM WIT
Indonesia, Jakarta, State Palace Complex – Istana Merdeka
Pool Spray at the Top
6:45 am
The President and President Yudhoyono hold a joint press conference
Local Event Time:
6:45 PM WIT
Indonesia, Jakarta, State Palace Complex – Istana Negara
Open Press
8:00 am
The Vice President hosts a breakfast meeting with Senator Chuck Hagel
Naval Observatory
Closed Press
8:35 am
The President and the First Lady attend state dinner
Local Event Time:
8:35 PM WIT
Indonesia, Jakarta, State Palace Complex – Istana Negara
Travel Pool Coverage
7:45 pm
The President and the First Lady participate in a U.S. Embassy meet and greet
Local Event Time:
7:45 AM WIT, November 10, 2010
Indonesia, Jakarta, Shangri-La Hotel
Closed Press
8:25 pm
The President and the First Lady visit Istiqlal Mosque
Local Event Time:
8:25 AM WIT, November 10, 2010
Indonesia, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta
Travel Pool Coverage
9:50 pm
The President delivers a speech
Local Event Time:
9:50 AM WIT, November 10, 2010
Indonesia, Jakarta, University of Indonesia
Travel Pool Coverage
11:15 pm
The President departs Jakarta, Indonesia en route Seoul, South Korea
Local Event Time:
11:15 AM WIT, November 10, 2010
Halim International Airport
Open Press

Source : The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent US Government agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers.

This entry records a country's net trade in goods and services, plus net earnings from rents, interest, profits, and dividends, and net transfer payments (such as pension funds and worker remittances) to and from the rest of the world during the period specified. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms.


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Rank
country Current account balance Date of Information
1 China
$ 297,100,000,000
2009 est.
2 Japan
$ 140,600,000,000
2009 est.
3 Germany
$ 135,100,000,000
2009 est.
4 Norway
$ 55,320,000,000
2009 est.
5 Russia
$ 48,970,000,000
2009 est.
6 Netherlands
$ 42,720,000,000
2009 est.
7 Korea, South
$ 42,670,000,000
2009 est.
8 Taiwan
$ 42,570,000,000
2009 est.
9 Switzerland
$ 35,910,000,000
2009 est.
10 Kuwait
$ 32,010,000,000
2009 est.
11 Malaysia
$ 30,460,000,000
2009 est.
12 Sweden
$ 29,500,000,000
2009 est.
13 Saudi Arabia
$ 26,500,000,000
2009 est.
14 Singapore
$ 25,350,000,000
2009 est.
15 Hong Kong
$ 18,400,000,000
2009 est.
16 Thailand
$ 18,010,000,000
2009 est.
17 Argentina
$ 11,290,000,000
2009 est.
18 Indonesia
$ 10,580,000,000
2009 est.
19 Azerbaijan
$ 10,170,000,000
2009 est.
20 Nigeria
$ 10,010,000,000
2009 est.
21 Luxembourg
$ 9,351,000,000
2009 est.
22 Denmark
$ 9,103,000,000
2009 est.
23 Austria
$ 8,730,000,000
2009 est.
24 Venezuela
$ 8,561,000,000
2009 est.
25 Philippines
$ 8,552,000,000
2009 est.
26 Libya
$ 8,257,000,000
2009 est.
27 Israel
$ 7,220,000,000
2009 est.
28 Brunei
$ 7,024,000,000
2008 est.
29 Qatar
$ 4,619,000,000
2009 est.
30 Belgium
$ 4,398,000,000
2009 est.
31 Chile
$ 4,217,000,000
2009 est.
32 Uzbekistan
$ 3,596,000,000
2009 est.
33 Finland
$ 2,916,000,000
2009 est.
34 Bangladesh
$ 2,808,000,000
2009 est.
35 Iran
$ 2,653,000,000
2009 est.
36 Latvia
$ 2,530,000,000
2009 est.
37 Trinidad and Tobago
$ 1,760,000,000
2009 est.
38 Hungary
$ 1,507,000,000
2009 est.
39 Lithuania
$ 1,422,000,000
2009 est.
40 Bahrain
$ 1,362,000,000
2009 est.
41 Timor-Leste
$ 1,161,000,000
2007 est.
42 Turkmenistan
$ 1,065,000,000
2009 est.
43 Estonia
$ 898,700,000
2009 est.
44 Bolivia
$ 780,000,000
2009 est.
45 Burma
$ 739,000,000
2009 est.
46 Nepal
$ 537,000,000
2009
47 Cuba
$ 513,000,000
2009 est.
48 Gabon
$ 321,000,000
2009 est.
49 Peru
$ 247,000,000
2009 est.
50 Namibia
$ 240,600,000
2009 est.
51 Uruguay
$ 184,000,000
2009 est.
52 Lesotho
$ 168,000,000
2009 est.
53 Bhutan
$ 164,000,000
2008 est.
54 British Virgin Islands
$ 134,300,000
1999
55 Cook Islands
$ 26,670,000
2005
56 Suriname
$ 24,000,000
2007 est.
57 Palau
$ 15,090,000
FY03/04
58 Comoros
$ 8,000,000
2007 est.
59 Guinea-Bissau
$ -6,000,000
2007 est.
60 Uganda
$ -10,000,000
2009 est.
61 Tuvalu
$ -11,680,000
2003
62 Kyrgyzstan
$ -18,000,000
2009 est.
63 Kiribati
$ -21,000,000
2007 est.
64 Tonga
$ -23,000,000
2007 est.
65 Samoa
$ -24,000,000
2007 est.
66 Micronesia, Federated States of
$ -34,300,000
FY05 est.
67 Belize
$ -39,000,000
2009 est.
68 Anguilla
$ -42,870,000
2003 est.
69 Sao Tome and Principe
$ -58,000,000
2009 est.
70 Vanuatu
$ -60,000,000
2007 est.
71 Sierra Leone
$ -63,000,000
2007 est.
72 Dominica
$ -72,000,000
2007 est.
73 Central African Republic
$ -77,000,000
2007 est.
74 Zambia
$ -102,000,000
2009 est.
75 Cote d'Ivoire
$ -113,000,000
2009 est.
76 Gambia, The
$ -114,000,000
2009 est.
77 Slovenia
$ -117,000,000
2009 est.
78 Paraguay
$ -122,000,000
2009 est.
79 Grenada
$ -138,000,000
2007 est.
80 Togo
$ -142,000,000
2009 est.
81 Solomon Islands
$ -143,000,000
2007 est.
82 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
$ -149,000,000
2007 est.
83 Guyana
$ -153,000,000
2009 est.
84 Burundi
$ -159,000,000
2009 est.
85 Saint Kitts and Nevis
$ -163,000,000
2007 est.
86 Seychelles
$ -170,000,000
2009 est.
87 Swaziland
$ -180,000,000
2009 est.
88 Mauritania
$ -184,000,000
2007 est.
89 Tajikistan
$ -192,000,000
2009 est.
90 Saint Lucia
$ -199,000,000
2007 est.
91 Antigua and Barbuda
$ -211,000,000
2007 est.
92 Liberia
$ -224,000,000
2007
93 Mongolia
$ -228,700,000
2009 est.
94 Eritrea
$ -246,000,000
2009 est.
95 Barbados
$ -254,000,000
2007 est.
96 Malawi
$ -279,000,000
2009 est.
97 Bahamas, The
$ -283,200,000
2009 est.
98 Niger
$ -321,000,000
2007 est.
99 Syria
$ -326,000,000
2009 est.
100 Ecuador
$ -337,400,000
2009 est.
101 Cape Verde
$ -340,000,000
2009 est.
102 Djibouti
$ -352,000,000
2007 est.
103 Laos
$ -356,000,000
2009 est.
104 Maldives
$ -370,000,000
2009 est.
105 Rwanda
$ -387,000,000
2009 est.
106 El Salvador
$ -390,000,000
2009 est.
107 Congo, Democratic Republic of the
$ -402,000,000
2007 est.
108 Congo, Republic of the
$ -405,000,000
2009 est.
109 Iceland
$ -409,000,000
2009 est.
110 Moldova
$ -439,300,000
2009 est.
111 Mali
$ -446,000,000
2007 est.
112 Papua New Guinea
$ -458,700,000
2009 est.
113 Guinea
$ -461,000,000
2009 est.
114 Haiti
$ -480,000,000
2009 est.
115 Fiji
$ -507,000,000
2007 est.
116 Benin
$ -552,000,000
2009 est.
117 Malta
$ -570,000,000
2009 est.
118 Costa Rica
$ -614,000,000
2009 est.
119 Guatemala
$ -620,000,000
2009 est.
120 Macedonia
$ -646,000,000
2009 est.
121 Mauritius
$ -670,900,000
2009 est.
122 Burkina Faso
$ -692,000,000
2009 est.
123 Madagascar
$ -748,000,000
2009 est.
124 Botswana
$ -758,000,000
2009 est.
125 Jamaica
$ -776,000,000
2009 est.
126 Nicaragua
$ -802,000,000
2009 est.
127 Zimbabwe
$ -807,500,000
2009 est.
128 Equatorial Guinea
$ -904,000,000
2009 est.
129 Mozambique
$ -926,000,000
2009 est.
130 Montenegro
$ -1,102,000,000
2007 est.
131 Oman
$ -1,108,000,000
2009 est.
132 Cambodia
$ -1,140,000,000
2009 est.
133 Cameroon
$ -1,180,000,000
2009 est.
134 Jordan
$ -1,277,000,000
2009 est.
135 Bosnia and Herzegovina
$ -1,279,000,000
2009 est.
136 Armenia
$ -1,321,000,000
2009 est.
137 Honduras
$ -1,327,000,000
2009 est.
138 Senegal
$ -1,356,000,000
2009 est.
139 Serbia
$ -1,356,000,000
2009 est.
140 Angola
$ -1,429,000,000
2009 est.
141 Ghana
$ -1,441,000,000
2009 est.
142 Georgia
$ -1,549,000,000
2009 est.
143 Kenya
$ -1,577,000,000
2009 est.
144 Chad
$ -1,638,000,000
2009 est.
145 Tanzania
$ -1,680,000,000
2009 est.
146 Sri Lanka
$ -1,690,000,000
2009 est.
147 Ukraine
$ -1,801,000,000
2009 est.
148 Albania
$ -1,845,000,000
2009 est.
149 Cyprus
$ -2,018,000,000
2009 est.
150 Tunisia
$ -2,117,000,000
2009 est.
151 Czech Republic
$ -2,146,000,000
2009 est.
152 Ethiopia
$ -2,243,000,000
2009 est.
153 Dominican Republic
$ -2,327,000,000
2009 est.
154 Panama
$ -2,330,000,000
2009 est.
155 Yemen
$ -2,332,000,000
2009 est.
156 Sudan
$ -2,383,000,000
2009 est.
157 Afghanistan
$ -2,475,000,000
2009 est.
158 Pakistan
$ -2,895,000,000
2009 est.
159 Slovakia
$ -2,906,000,000
2009 est.
160 Kosovo
$ -2,938,000,000
2009 est.
161 New Zealand
$ -3,351,000,000
2009 est.
162 Morocco
$ -3,427,000,000
2009 est.
163 Kazakhstan
$ -3,503,000,000
2009 est.
164 Lebanon
$ -3,682,000,000
2009 est.
165 United Arab Emirates
$ -4,048,000,000
2009 est.
166 Bulgaria
$ -4,060,000,000
2009 est.
167 Egypt
$ -4,172,000,000
2009 est.
168 Algeria
$ -4,262,000,000
2009 est.
169 Colombia
$ -5,146,000,000
2009 est.
170 Vietnam
$ -5,895,000,000
2009 est.
171 Croatia
$ -6,073,000,000
2009 est.
172 Belarus
$ -6,405,000,000
2009 est.
173 Ireland
$ -6,707,000,000
2009 est.
174 Romania
$ -7,025,000,000
2009 est.
175 Poland
$ -7,172,000,000
2009 est.
176 Mexico
$ -10,120,000,000
2009 est.
177 South Africa
$ -11,530,000,000
2009 est.
178 Turkey
$ -13,960,000,000
2009 est.
179 Iraq
$ -19,900,000,000
2009 est.
180 Portugal
$ -23,380,000,000
2009 est.
181 Brazil
$ -24,300,000,000
2009 est.
182 Australia
$ -29,890,000,000
2009 est.
183 India
$ -31,540,000,000
2009 est.
184 United Kingdom
$ -32,680,000,000
2009 est.
185 Greece
$ -34,430,000,000
2009 est.
186 Canada
$ -36,130,000,000
2009 est.
187 France
$ -56,130,000,000
2009 est.
188 Italy
$ -66,570,000,000
2009 est.
189 Spain
$ -74,470,000,000
2009 est.
190 United States
$ -419,900,000,000
2009 est.


Indonesia for Obama

Teman2x,

Beberapa mungkin akan langsung melihat live speech Obama ke UI, tapi ada kesempatan juga untuk

NONTON BARENG OBAMA PUBLIC SPEECH tgl 10/11/2010 di @america, Pacific Place, SCBD, Jakarta

Acara mulai pukul 08.00 -12.00, ada diskusi dll-nya juga disitu, sekalian dapet sneak preview ke @america


TEMPAT TERBATAS DAN HARUS DAFTAR DAHULU
http://obamadiri.eventbrite.com/

Tentang @america:
@america is a new American cultural center that features high technology and design. It is a place to learn about American culture, diversity, history, education, and innovation. And, it is a place for programs and events where Indonesians and Americans can make person to person contacts, learn more about one another, hold conversations and to strengthen relationships. This event will illustrate that vision as a reality, by bringing young Indonesians together with young Americans, using American technology as the vehicle to create that dialogue.

Facebook Indonesia for Obama: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10583716653

Mailing list Indonesia for Obama: http://groups.google.com/group/id-obama

TEMPO Interaktif, DEPOK - Presiden Amerika Serikat Barack Obama akan berpidato di Balairung Universitas Indonesia, Depok, di hadapan 7.500 undangan yang antara lain terdiri dari mahasiswa berbagai kampus dan 100 siswa SMA berprestasi.

"Tamu diangkut dari tempat masing-masing dengan bus ke UI pada Rabu mulai pukul 06.00 WIB. Jalan akses UI ditutup," kata Kapolres Metro Depok Kombes Pol. Feri Abraham.

Feri mengatakan semua pintu UI ditutup, antara lain pintu dari arah Pondok Cina, Kukusan, Beji, dan Politeknik. Polisi juga tampak berjaga sejak pintu masuk UI sedangkan beberapa anggota TNI berada di sekitar Balairung.

Sementara itu pagar pembatas warna hitam setinggi satu setengah meter lengkap dengan tirai hitam, membentang dari pintu masuk menuju rektorat sampai Balairung. Gedung tersebut telah ditutup pada Selasa sekitar pukul 09.00 WIB.

"Ada banyak bendera Amerika Serikat dan Bendera Indonesia di latar panggung. Orang kulit putih di dalam gedung berteriak 'no picture' ," kata seorang wartawan.

Kepala Kantor Sekretariat UI, Desi Rahmawati, mengatakan mahasiswa UI yang akan menjadi audiens adalah dari angkatan 2010. "Mereka mudah diorganisir. Kalau angkatan lain mengeluh, itu biasa. Ada prioritas," kata Desi.

Desi mengemukakan perkuliahan di UI berlangsung setengah hari pada Selasa (9/10) sedangkan Rabu (10/10) libur total sehubungan kunjungan Obama ke universitas tersebut.
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