Ambassador Blake Addresses International Correspondents

Ambassador Blake spoke to the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (JFCC) to outline his bilateral relations priorities and sum up the outcomes of Secretary Kerry’s visit. A lively crowd of journalists, diplomats, and corporate representatives asked about the upcoming Indonesian elections, the prospects for the trade and investment relationship, and the effect of the recent regulations on mining exports. The Ambassador also addressed the Australia-Indonesia relationship, the role of China in the region, and the changing nature of U.S. foreign assistance programs in Indonesia as reflected in the Millennium Challenge Corporation program and the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding.