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The US giving priority to its relationship with Indonesia, which is good news for Australia.

Summary

The US is giving the Indo-Pacific serious attention. 
Mr Biden's became the first sitting US president to address a Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting.
 Secretary of State Antony Blinken has visited India, Kuwait and the ASEAN Regional Foreign Ministers Meeting.
Concerning Indonesia, Blinken:
  •  Formerly launched a strategic dialogue between the United States and Indonesia that had been agreed in 2015.
  • Supported Indonesia's 2022 chairmanship of the G20 and increased trade and investment.
  • Confirmed a further 3.5 million COVID -19 vaccine doses and oxygen supplies.
  • Reiterated that both countries are working together in many different areas, including:
  • Indonesia's Foreign Minister noted:
    • It's the largest country (population 276 mil) and economy in ASEAN.
    • The United States was one of the critical partners for ASEAN in implementing its outlook for the Indo-Pacific.
    • Indonesia wants to advance the relationship.