U.S. Senators Discuss Protectionism With Trade Minister
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Senators Ernest F. Hollings and Richard C. Shelby met Thursday with Trade Minister Arifin Siregar and discussed a new U.S. trade law and textile bill that Indonesia fears is protectionist.
After the meeting, Hollings, D-S.C., told reporters he would try to retain the free trade system because the United States has bought many agricultural and industrial products from Indonesia.
A trade ministry expert, Rudy Lengkong, said the minister conveyed to the senators Indonesia’s deep concern over the new trade bill during the meeting, and warned that it might be protectionist.
He said Indonesia will continue to seek official ways to ease the restrictions because ″we have also purchased U.S. commodities like cotton, flour and soybeans in a large amount.″
Hollings and Shelby, D-Ala., arrived here Wednesday for an official visit through Aug. 29.
Earlier they paid a courtesy call on President Suharto.