Japan-Indonesia Summit Meeting (Summary)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
On Monday, June 18, commencing at 10:10 a.m. (June 19, 1:10 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 50 minutes, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a summit meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, where he was attending the G20 Los Cabos Summit, with H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia. The overview of the meeting is as follows. (Attending on the Indonesia side were Ir. M. Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for the Economy; Dr. Dipo Alam, Cabinet Secretary; Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Agus Martowardojo, Minister of Finance; and Ir. Gita Irawan Wirjawan, Minister of Trade, among others. Attending on the Japan side were Mr. Jun Azumi, Minister of Finance; Mr. Hiroyuki Nagahama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary; Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Mr. Shunichi Mizuoka, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, among others).
(1) President Yudhoyono said that bilateral relations were good and that he hoped to enhance them further, and noted that it was important to strengthen regional cooperation by the two countries.
(2) In response, Prime Minister Noda stated that he welcomed to hold the first summit meeting. He also commented that the role of the two countries' strategic partnership, to be played for the stability and prosperity of the region, was steadily increasing, and that this close coordination with President Yudhoyono was needed not only for bilateral relations but also for the regional and global challenges to be addressed.
- Bilateral Relations
(1) General Remarks
Both leaders shared the view that mutual understanding at all levels was essential to further strengthen bilateral relations. They also shared the view that they would steadily implement the three ministerial-level discussions (1. Ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue; 2. Ministerial Economic Dialogue; 3. Defense Ministers' Dialogue), which were agreed to be undertaken regularly when President Yudhoyono visited Japan last year, as well as other types of policy talks at the working level. Additionally, Prime Minister Noda praised the fact that, in recent years, cooperation in the political and security areas has been brought into concrete progress including cooperation between defense authorities, for instance the Bali Democracy Forum, trilateral cooperation for the Palestinians, and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx) etc. The both leaders shared the view that cooperation would be strengthened further.
(2) Economic Relations
Prime Minister Noda stated that Indonesia's powerful economic development was a driving force for the regional economy, and said that he looked forward to a mutually beneficial relationship on the economic front through cooperation on infrastructure development to which Indonesia attached importance, in particular the Metropolitan Priority Area (MPA).
In response, President Yudhoyono explained Indonesia's macroeconomic measures, noting that Japan had been a longstanding good friend to Indonesia and that he expected that Japan would participate in Indonesia's economic development, including in the area of infrastructure development and the energy resources.
- Regional Issues
(1) Prime Minister Noda highly praised the work of Indonesia last year in the role of the ASEAN Chair. Both leaders shared the view that they would strengthen cooperation in the occasion of next year which would mark the 40th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN relations. Additionally, both leaders shared the view to develop the East Asian Summit (EAS) as a leader-initiated forum, which would bring concrete cooperation.
(2) Regarding the South China Sea, both leaders shared the view that issues in this area had been a matter of common interest in the international community, and that it would be important for the countries concerned to confirm and carry out their commitment to the basic rules such as ensuring freedom of navigation, compliance with international law, and the peaceful settlements of disputes. Both leaders also shared the view that they would cooperate to ensure the peace and stability of the sea area.
(3) Regarding North Korea, both leaders shared the view that in light of the missile launch in April, among other matters, a resolute response toward North Korea by the international community was important in order to prevent further acts of provocation. Prime Minister Noda asked for Indonesia's understanding and cooperation with regard to the abduction issue. President Yudhoyono responded that Indonesia also believed that North Korea's missile launches served only to generate tension in the region, and on the abduction issue, he remarked that Indonesia wanted to continue to cooperate with Japan.