Sunday, May 24, 2015

Playing Card between the two Asian Giants

Sowgi News -- While the world's eyes turned to Asia as a region that grows most dynamic and want to get a share of the growth, the stability of the region began to be questioned.

Of the last decade, China emerged as a world economic and political power, forming a new post-war era politik-ekonomi Equalization of the cold war marked the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The country has a population of more than 1.5 billion and has the largest economy of the world want to show its economic and political influence, including with the expansion of the region. Tension with Viet Nam, the Philippines, and Japan also arises because of a claim of ownership of several islands in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The question is, where is the position of Indonesia? How to serve and build influence Indonesia in the middle of the dynamic economic growth?

This is apparent in the visit of Vice President Jusuf Kalla to Tokyo, Japan, Thursday (21/5). Kalla became the special international conference speaker to-21 on the future of Asia held the Nikkei Inc., entitled "Asia Beyond 2015: The Quest for Lasting Peace and Prosperity" at Hotel Imperial. Besides Kalla, other speakers, among others, former Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong, President Taskhia Elbergdorj, Mongolia and the ASEAN Secretary-general Le Luong Minh.

At the dinner, PRIME MINISTER of Japan Shinzo Abe stated, Japan increased the budget to be 110 billion us dollars--up 30 percent from the previous-to build a quality infrastructure while pursuing quantity in Asia, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which is largely owned by the Government of Japan.

The Position Of Indonesia

The question in the Conference, or from Japan to the media keingin-tahuan about the position implies Kalla Indonesia maintained the stability of the region, especially the fields of Defense and economy. Issue that asked, among other things, the stability of the southern China Sea, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN-free trade agreement (CAFTA) China versus the Trans Pacific Partnership led United States but does not include China.

Asked also the role of the ADB Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank versus (AIIB) diini-siasi which is China. Also the leading development, modernization of the army, increased security in Natuna, to whether Indonesia will have a submarine.

The position of Indonesia, according to Kalla, is in FTA with ASEAN. MEA, which is valid from December 31, 2015 will be a force with about 600 million people. Indonesia will build up the agricultural sector and the manufacturing industry to get high value added and employment by using technology and innovation. Indonesia will depart from commodity-producing countries. To that end, Indonesia will enter the global value-added chain.

Therefore, Indonesia strives to improve the logistics system. Maritime development, confirmed Kalla, to streamline the logistics systems of people and goods. "Indonesia will play a role to help the dialogue countries involved in South China Sea tension because we do not have a problem there," he said.

Kalla again confirms what is conveyed President Joko Widodo in Asian-African Conference in Jakarta, last April, that the assistance of the World Bank and ADB infrastructure development is important, but it takes a bigger Fund. Therefore, Indonesia joined the AIIB.

In a brief meeting, Kalla and Abe, alluded to a plan to build a superfast train from Jakarta-Bandung interest China. Indonesia offers Japan build a Jakarta-Surabaya route. Cilamaya port, of Falkirk, the Cancel is constructed, Kalla made sure it was decided late substitute location East of Cilamaya. Construction could start in 2015.

Japan wanted to build a port in Cilamaya to send products manufacturing company of Japan from the factory around Karachi.

In the Conference, Abe said Japan and China direct competition in economics seems inevitable. Trying to pull the two countries of Asia, including Indonesia, to partner. As for the requirement to invest in Indonesia, according to Kalla, is providing jobs, build wealth, and technology transfer.

That situation is matched by Government plans to build a massive infrastructure of Indonesia and immediately. When can use her powers properly, Indonesia would benefit greatly from Asia's two giants rivalry. (Ninuk Mardiana Pambudy, from Tokyo, Japan)

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