As the first member of US President Donald Trump’s administration to visit Southeast Asia, Vice President Mike Pence said it was his honor to speak with the Indonesian Business Community and the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia in Jakarta.
In a statement posted on the White House website, Pence said, “During my discussion with these business leaders, American and Indonesian businesses also signed historic agreements that will draw our nations closer together and benefit both our people. All told, these companies signed no fewer than 11 major deals worth more than $10 billion.”
Nevertheless, Pence said he made it clear that the United States and Indonesia can do much more to improve their trade relationship.
“We seek trade with Indonesia that is both free and fair – to create a “win-win” for both our nations and all our people,” Pence said, adding, “President Trump and I will work with President Joko Widodo to reduce barriers to trade and investment and to create a truly level playing field where all of our businesses have equal opportunity and market access.”
Pence will now be visiting Sydney, Australia to meet with government officials from that country.