The United States has been the key player in the South Pacific since its WWII victory. But in recent years China has asserted itself strongly in the region.
The writer says that Jakarta has to be bold, should Indonesia want the Ukraine-Russia conflict to end for the betterment of global peace.
The multibillion-dollar deal reached in Sept last year was heralded as a key component of the new strategic partnership of Australia, the UK and the US.
The envoy also said that the financial situation of the UN remains worrying, despite repeated calls by most member states.
South Korea and the US fired a total of four ground-to-ground missiles into the East Sea, a day after North Korea's missile launches.
Top US diplomat for East Asia Daniel Kritenbrink said Washington remained open to dialogue with North Korea without preconditions.
President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a hot mic uttering the Korean word “saeki” as he was leaving a conference attended by world leaders.
The government will instead invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to attend.
Tensions were running high on Oct 4 morning when a ballistic missile fired by North Korea flew over Japan, triggering a warning on the J-Alert system.
The move was made in retaliation for Russia doing the same to a Japanese consul at the Japanese Consulate-General in Vladivostok late last month.