Acting Secretary of Defense for the United States (US) Patrick Michael Shanahan visit Indonesia and to meet with several ministers - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Good morning! Today, acting Secretary of Defense for the United States (US) Patrick Michael Shanahan visit Indonesia and to meet with several ministers. Weeklong trip that is intended to reinforce that China is the administration’ main foreign policy priority.

In his five months as acting secretary, Shanahan has tried to focus on implementing a new national defense strategy. But instead, much of his time has been spent juggling a host of other issues like Iranian threats, North Korean missile, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the battle against Islamic State militants, and a divisive struggle to cobble together billions of dollars for President Donald Trump’ wall on the southern border.

US is seeking to strengthen influence in Southeast Asia to counter China’ expanding presence in the region. Indonesia and Vietnam high on the priority list, amid the rising security issue in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, his counterparts in the two countries also has mounting questions about the Trump’ defense policy in Asia.

Then, China’ Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., has filed a legal motion seeking to declare a US defense law unconstitutional, in the telecom equipment maker’s latest bid to fight sanctions from Washington that threaten to push it out of global markets.

The motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the US government, filed late on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, asks a judge to declare the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unconstitutional. Huawei filed its lawsuit in March.

The NDAA bill, passed by the US Congress last summer, places a broad ban on federal agencies and their contractors from using Huawei equipment on national security grounds, citing the company’s ties with the Chinese government.

In other Asian countries, Japan asked for Indonesia’s support for the success of the Data Free Flow with Trust agenda, which was the main focus of the G20 summit, to be held in the Japanese city of Osaka on June 8-9.

With vast amounts of data being created every day, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared that the next G20 summit should wrestle with how to manage that digital information.

Indonesia, however, will support in principle but push that the discussion would have to balance competing demands such as the need to protect intellectual property, personal data, and national security intelligence on one side, while at the same time enabling the free flow of medical, industrial, traffic and other most useful, non personal, anonymous data to see no borders.

While, Indonesian soldiers shot and killed four people in Papua province during a riot reportedly linked to the recent national elections. Its reported that supporters of a losing candidate in Papua’ Asmat regency attacked the home of a rival on Monday, claiming he had stolen votes.

The local police chief Andi Yoseph Enoch said in response to the riot, soldiers fired shots because the crowd tried to attack them. Police identified four Papuans who died as a result of the military action.

Yesterday, Rupiah against US Dollar continued strengthening by 0.35 percent to 14,375.

May you have a profitable day!

Written by Linda Silaen and TIS Intelligence Team, Please Read Our Insight to Get More information about Indonesia

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