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Australia-Indonesia Security Agreement can be seen, therefore, as pro viding a framework for . importandy, at stake in relations with Indonesia is the defence inter est. the increasing cooperation between the two countries towards the goal. A maritime realignment of Australia–Indonesia defence relations of defence relations — subordinating defence-specific functional goals to. Australian military worries played into swift Indonesian security deal, The submission argues that the defence white paper had identified Australia's relationship with . We hope to pass our goal by early January
Development cooperation Australia works in an economic partnership with Indonesia, supporting its efforts to leverage its own resources to generate growth and distribute those benefits to a larger number of its people.
Australia provides policy and technical advice that will improve the quality of Indonesia's investments in infrastructure, economic governance, human development and social policy.
Priority areas include good governance, improved productivity and competitiveness, and human resource quality. It has a focus on eastern Indonesia to help address regional disparities in development, whilst maintaining growth momentum in other parts of the country. As outlined in our AIP, our development cooperation program in Indonesia is structured around three objectives, and a focus on women and girls is a cross-cutting theme of all of our programs.
Australia is supporting Indonesia to boost inclusive growth and productive jobs through its public policy and regulatory settings. We are also working to increase access to agricultural markets for poor farmers in Eastern Indonesia, driving economic growth and improving food security in the region.
Human development for a productive society Indonesia needs to drive the development of human capital to create the conditions for higher growth. Our innovative education program works with schools to identify local challenges and opportunities to develop new approaches to tackle problems. We are also working with Indonesia to prevent, detect and control emerging infectious diseases, a threat to Indonesian and Australian security, and we continue to prepare for and provide support to Indonesia during times of humanitarian need.
We are helping develop better quality economic and social protection policies based on research and analysis. Education Indonesia and Australia enjoy a strong relationship in education. The New Colombo Plan will have supported more than 3, Australian students to live, study and undertake work placements in Indonesia by the end ofrepresenting nearly one fifth of the total.
The Australia Awards program for Indonesia is the largest and longest running scholarship program of its kind offered by the Australian Government. The project has established school partnerships, directly involving over Australian and Indonesian teachers. People-to-people links People-to-people links are an important component of the bilateral relationship with Indonesia. Through cultural, sporting and educational engagement and tourism, Australian and Indonesian people and communities enhance their mutual understanding of each other.
The government also sought to revitalise the D-notice system — a voluntary system in which the media agrees not to publish certain material that could endanger military or intelligence capabilities — in late Cabinet was briefed on meetings with editors and news directors and told the media was amenable to a system that involved case-by-case negotiations on sensitive stories.
Cabinet also considered a ratings system for visits by foreign dignatories after several incidents marred visits. There had also been protests when Qiao Shi, the chairman of the national Peoples Congress of China had visited. Cabinet also decided to set up a new interdepartmental committee to deal with providing defence technology to regional partners.
But balancing security and industry development was sensitive. The sale to Malaysia fell through. Australia's early forays into 'information superhighway' revealed in cabinet papers Read more French nuclear tests in the Pacific were an ongoing concern to the Keating government throughoutas Australia sought to build stronger relationships with its near neighbours. The government feared France would use the short window before the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty came into force in to conduct more tests at Mururoa Atoll.
These disputes have had some practical impact on Indonesia for example, in the US suspended Indonesian participation in military training through the International Military Education and Training IMET program, although it appears that this will now be re-instated in a scaled back form.
China's rapid rates of economic growth exceeding 10 per cent per year in the s and its much greater involvement in regional and international trade have raised its profile. After many years of estrangement, Indonesia and China normalised relations in and the two countries were able to cooperate in the process of developing a settlement process for Cambodia.
However China's medium term intentions in East Asia have been a source of some concern to Indonesia's leaders particularly because of its stance over the South Chian Sea. China is one of six states which claim part or all of the islets and waters of the South China Sea along with Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia.
Indonesia is not a claimant to the area but it has been concerned that territorial conflict should not develop between any of the claimants. This Indonesian interest has been reflected in the hosting of a series of non-official workshops on the South China Sea since aimed at dialogue and confidence building.
While China has participated in the workshops it has not been willing to engage in any formal multilateral discussions over the area.
China has also caused some concern in Indonesia by appearing to imply that its maritime claims overlapped Indonesia's own claims in the maritime areas around the Natuna islands, which may contain valuable petroleum resources. Indonesia has supported ASEAN's efforts to maintain momentum in its regional cooperation activities, after the settlement in Cambodia removed its major focus for regional security cooperation. Vietnam's admission as ASEAN's seventh member in July was a crucial step in ASEAN's adaptation to the post Cold War environment and this occurred with the active support of Indonesia given its long-term contact with Vietnam though the period of the tensions and conflict over Cambodia.
This has been reflected in several ways. Indonesia has taken an active interest in APEC as the premier vehicle for promotion of economic cooperation in the wider Asia Pacific. Indonesia and President Suharto took a high profile role in hosting APEC's second leaders' summit at Bogor in Novemberwhere APEC's members adopted the goal of achieving free trade and economic relations by no later than In Indonesia became the chairman of the movement for the three year period from to The NAM has struggled to find a sense of ongoing direction after the end of the Cold War from which its members had sought to remain apart, but Indonesia gained benefits from its period as chairman.
The tenth NAM summit was held in Indonesia in and President Suharto used his position as chairman to widen his country's contacts, for example by visiting Tokyo at the same time as the G 7 summit in Tokyo in to endeavour to advance Third World countries' positions. Indonesia has also taken an active interest in the United Nations by endorsing moves towards reform and by indicating its interest in obtaining a permanent seat on the Security Council if that body were to be expanded.
While broadening its international associations, Indonesia has maintained its traditionally strong commitment to independence from what it perceives to be international pressure or interference.
Indonesia has accordingly sought to resist efforts by some Western countries to establish a linkage between international economic assistance and human rights issues. Indonesia made its position clear in when it refused to accept further economic assistance from the Netherlands after criticism from that government on political and human rights issues and Indonesia also wound up the IGGI, which the Netherlands had chaired.
The Indonesian government has also sought to limit the scope for criticism over its record on human rights, particularly in East Timor.
One major response by the government has been to establish the National Human Rights Commission as a means of improving the country's international image in this area. Indonesia's foreign relations have therefore been going through change and reassessment in the early post Cold War period. Indonesia has maintained a strong emphasis on regional cooperation in Southeast Asia but has not wished to be restricted in its diplomatic activities by this.
Indonesia has been keen to expand its range of international associations and to bolster its image as a rapidly and successfully developing country.
It has also been facing the immediate aftermath of the Cold War in East Asia in which opportunities for greater cooperation for example between Vietnam and ASEAN have been accompanied by uncertainty over the roles of the major powers, especially the United States and China. It is against this background that Indonesia's interest in consolidating its relationship with Australia through the conclusion of the security agreement needs to be considered. Two Very Different Countries There are few neighbouring countries in the world as different as Indonesia and Australia.
The gulf between their history, culture, economy and politics almost guarantees that relations between the two countries are likely to be difficult and fraught with the danger of misunderstanding. Australians were amongst the earliest supporters of Indonesia's post-War independence struggle, yet in the mids soldiers of the two countries were pitted against each other in the jungles of Borneo. The establishment of President Suharto's New Order regime afterhowever, changed the dynamic of relations between Australia and Indonesia.
As the then Prime Minister, Mr Paul Keating, emphasised when the Australia-Indonesia Security Agreement was signed, the stabilisation of Indonesian politics after was one of the single most important developments in providing Australia with a secure regional environment, including saving Australia from much greater defence expenditure. This was exemplified by the signing of the Five Power Defence Arrangements in by Australia, New Zealand, UK, Malaysia and Singapore which was mainly designed to assure Malaysia that its sovereignty would be protected against any repeat of former Indonesian President Sukarno's 'confrontation' during the mids.
Even as links between Australia and Indonesia gradually strengthened during the s, there were still major tensions in the relationship over issues such as East Timor, and President Suharto's affront at allegations of corruption made against members of his family in the Australian press in which led to a major diplomatic rift between the two countries. Underlying these problems has been some mutual popular ignorance and misconception, with many Australians still seeing Indonesia as a potential aggressor, and many Indonesians' perceptions of Australia being limited to media coverage of flag-burnings and myths about a continuing White Australia policy.
Both governments have attempted to give more substance to the relationship by building upon economic and cultural as well as security links, with regular ministerial and official-level talks between the two governments since The Timor Gap Treaty of was controversial in Australia, but gave both governments the opportunity to show clear commercial benefit from the developing connections.
Progress has also been embodied in a range of other agreements on matters such as double taxation, extradition, fisheries, protection of investments, copyright protection and technical cooperation. At the level of security, defence cooperation links have expanded, the high profile example of which was the participation of Indonesian troops in the Kangaroo 95 defence exercises. The increasing connections have been grounded in some convergence of bilateral and regional economic interest between Australia and Indonesia.
While there was little complementarity between the two economies even a decade ago, the opening up of the Indonesian economy to the world market in recent years has been mirrored by the increasing internationalisation of the Australian economy.
Indonesia's development from an agricultural country whose foreign exchange earnings came mainly from oil, to an economy with a growing manufacturing sector, has created openings for expansion in trade and investment between the two countries.
The Australian-Indonesian Security Agreement - Issues and Implications
Australia's greater economic and political orientation towards its Asian neighbours have allowed these opportunities to be taken up. Recognition of these economic links, as well as awareness of common interests in the development of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, facilitated the close cooperation between the Indonesian and Australian government in the development of APEC.
Co-operation on APEC was important in fostering the confidence to allow the sensitive negotiations on the Security Agreement to proceed. The Agreement and Australia-Indonesia Relations While the economic, security and other connections between Australia and Indonesia have gradually built up since the late s, there has been limited awareness of these developments amongst the people of the two countries or amongst the regional community.
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The Security Agreement represented an opportunity for the two governments to make a public declaration of the increasing closeness of the two neighbours and their confidence in the future of the relationship. The principal achievement of the Agreement was thus symbolic: The symbolic significance of the Agreement is particularly important for Australia. There have long been fears within sections of the Australian community about a threat to Australia from Indonesian expansionism, a perception which was fuelled by the Indonesian takeover of East Timor in While these perceptions had little grounding in reality, they have continued to live in the recesses of popular imagination in Australia, underscoring a degree of uneasiness amongst some Australians about their place in a region about which they have little understanding.
A major benefit of the Agreement lies in its ability to assuage some of these fears by presenting Indonesia as an 'ally' rather than an 'adversary'.
In a wider sense, the Agreement gave a boost to the Australian government's attempts to focus the community's attention on the importance for Australia of the Southeast Asian region. As journalist Greg Sheridan expressed it, the Agreement told 'the Australian people, and others, the truth about where our long-term national interests lie'.