Indonesian President Suharto held talks with the Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki? in Tokyo on?
Indonesian President Suharto held talks with the Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki? in Tokyo on Monday (July 7) during a three-day stopover on his way home from visiting Iran, Yugoslavia, Canada and the United States.
Officially President Suharto was in Japan for the signing of a contract between Indonesia and a Japanese business consortium, to build a huge hydro-electric centre and aluminium complex in the Asahan River district of Northern Sumatra.
But dominating the background to the talks, was Indonesia's post-Vietnam attitude towards China. The President said Indonesia would eventually follow the example of its South-East-Asian partners in its relations with China.
Of the four countries along with Indonesia in the Association of South-East-Asian Nations, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines have established diplomatic relations with China -- and Singapore is expected to follow.
With the two leaders at the talks were the two countries' Foreign Ministers -- Adam Malik of Indonesia and Kiichi Miyazawa of Japan. They also discussed future trade and closer co-operation between South-East Asian nations.