President Obama plans to visit Indonesia later this month, and "while he spent some years of his youth in that country, it would be wrong to see this as a nostalgic trip," says Asia Society Associate Fellow Simon Tay. "Ties between the U.S. and Indonesia are important for the future development of both countries and for wider U.S.-Asia ties. Expect trade and business to also be in the picture. Indonesia holds promise even if recent events question the commitment to reform and liberalization." Simon, who is in Singapore, is chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
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