Hundreds of people in Indonesia have staged a rally in the capital city Jakarta to voice their anger at the visit of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the southeastern Asian country. Protesters gathered in front of the United States embassy in Jakarta, carrying banners and shouting anti-American slogans.
They also showed their protest to Washington's plans to build a new bigger embassy in Jakarta, saying the US is trying to colonize Indonesia.The demonstrators also slammed an extension of a mine contract between Washington and Jakarta for another two years. Clinton, who is on an 11-day tour of the region, is scheduled to hold talks with the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa. The trip comes after Clinton’s visit to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific last week, a move considered by many pundits to be aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the region. The US government has been ramping up the pressure on China with an increasingly antagonistic foreign policy, which involves the so-called ‘Asia pivot’ policy, spreading the US military presence throughout the region. TNP/JR