Sara Schonhardt, Asia Times | March 12, 2010
Indonesia is trying to determine whether to increase diplomatic engagement with the US in the run up to Pres. Obama’s visit on March 20. ++ The Asian country could be a good partner for the US as it has proved its commitment to both democracy and counter-terrorism measures in recent years. ++ US and China are both competing for access to Indonesia’s waterways. ++ The US and Indonesia will need to overcome a number of “sticking points” including increasing anti-Americanism if they hope to form a strategic partnership.