Asia-Pacific

Feb 17, 2014

We talk with Indonesia every day — but is anyone listening?

Indonesian feathers have been ruffled by Australia's policy of sending back asylum seekers. Julie Bishop says our relationship with Indonesia is fine, but no one on the Indonesian side seems to agree.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop “insists” that Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is “very positive”. But Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (pictured with Bishop) is equally insistent that there is a serious problem with the relationship. If there is regular dialogue between Australia and Indonesia, as Bishop claims, it would seem it is being conducted at cross purposes.

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  1. negativegearmiddleclasswelfarenow.com

    Why would any member the Indonesian establishment be listening to us and take what we say at face value.

    The Australian is reporting today more shameless ASD snooping, apparently this time to get the inside running on a US and Indonesian trade dispute. What’s this got to do with us?

    According to Des Ball the NSA and GCHQ operations in Australia are so closely interlocked with those of DSD Defence Signal Directorate, now calling themselves the ASD Australian Signals Directorate, that it is impossible to consider them separately.
    This is how we listen to them.

  2. Moar Content

    Surely the Yanks can’t stand idly by as Australia’s intransigence pushes Indonesia closer to China?

    Surely the Yanks can’t be happy that Indonesia happily allowed the Chinese fleet to go sailing jauntily through the archipelago?

    At what point does having a knuckle-dragging ape waving its dick in the face of of America’s regional partners begin to impede on the American interest?

    At what point does the regional sheriff demand that it’s over-reaching deputy pull their fucking head in?

  3. AR

    re the pic – which one is the 70 Flipinocolada porn star and does it matter?

  4. Ken Lambert

    More drivel from Kingsbury.

    Marty pretends to be displeased and Julie pretends to be concerned.

    Why would Marty be displeased with our boat return policy?

    It is solving a people smuggler problem for Indonesia by choking off the pipeline isn’t it? Is that not the expressed preference of the Indonesian Govt? – the strain of all these smugglees on the limited resources of poor little Indonesia?

  5. MJPC

    Moar Content, Whilst I somewhat agree with your comments I consider that China’s fleet elements being allowed through Indo waters is more diplomacy by the Indo’s than thumbing their noses at the US.
    The Swiss have courted both sides of any European conflict quite successfully for many years.
    At any rate, this government’s subservience to US interests has not finished. I predict close on the training of US Marines in Darmin will be stationing of US fleet elements there, maybe nuclear subs?

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