His visit represents the most high-profile outreach to Muslims by the Trump administration since the brash billionaire came to office and echoes a similar trip by former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in 2010. Washington had billed Pence's visit to Jakarta as a booster for a strategic partnership between the world's second- and third-largest democracies, but a raft of bilateral disputes with US companies could sap the goodwill from his trip. Given the rocky start that Trump has had with the Muslim world with the initial travel ban, Pence's trip provided an opening to fix some of the damage that had been done in this area since he was going to be in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.
US Vice President Mike Pence waves as he arrives with Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla (L) to speak at a business forum in Jakarta on April 21, 2017.
Vice President Mike Pence will meet with United States Embassy staff and their families in Jakarta.
In South Korea and Japan, Pence played down protectionist declarations of "America first" and reaffirmed U.S. treaty commitments to the security of the two countries as tensions rise over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
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Pence on Thursday announced Trump would visit Southeast Asia in November for an annual series of regional summits.
"I think they want to take advantage of this opportunity to talk to the second most important official in the US.to talk about the closeness of the relationship from Canberra's point of view, but also the importance of alliances and the global order", he said.
The vice president praised Indonesia for its moderate form of Islam and said the two countries would continue to cooperate on combating terrorism.
He said President Donald Trump and himself try to expand trade relations with this nation.
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The latest example of a USA company facing problems is a row between the government and mining giant Freeport-McMoRan, which runs a huge gold and copper mine in Indonesia, after authorities demanded they obtain a new licence to operate.
The Foreign Ministry said that Indonesia and the United States under President Donald Trump are committed to building a strong partnership.
The visit was also a chance to get more clarity about the economic dimension of the U.S. -Indonesia relationship.
Among the 11 agreements were ones by Exxon Mobil to sell liquefied natural gas to Pertamina, Lockheed Martin to provide upgrades to the Indonesian Air Force's F-16s, and General Electric to develop electrical infrastructure in Indonesia.
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