Jakarta warns US on terror stand
The Indonesian defence minister warned Mr Rumsfeld on terrorism
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has held talks with the Indonesian president on the last leg of his three-state tour of South East Asia.
Mr Rumsfeld met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and senior ministers in Jakarta to discuss closer military ties and the US "war on terror".
Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono warned the US that its anti-terror approach could trigger a backlash.
He urged the US to let countries put in place their own anti-terror measures.
Mr Rumsfeld arrived in Jakarta from Vietnam, where he held talks with his counterpart, Pham Can Tra, on military relations and economic cooperation.
Ahead of the meeting with Mr Rumsfeld, Mr Yudhoyono had stressed he was keen to improve military cooperation with the US.
It's best that you leave the main responsibility of anti-terrorist measures to the local government in question
Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono
After the talks, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said that Mr Yudhoyono had emphasised the need for the normalisation of US-Indonesia military ties.
Mr Yudhoyono also thanked the US for its aid to victims of the 27 May earthquake near the city of Yogyakarta, he said.
While the issue of terrorism was discussed, it was not the main point of the talks, the spokesman said.
But Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, who also attended the meeting with Mr Rumsfeld, warned the US against alienating allies by forcing them to adopt its approach to fighting terrorism.
"It's best that you leave the main responsibility of anti-terrorist measures to the local government in question and not to be overly insistent about immediate results arriving from your perception of terrorists," he told a press conference.
"It's important to us because as the world's largest Muslim country, we are very aware of the perception, or misperception, that the United States is overbearing," he said.
Last week, Mr Sudarsono said he would tell Mr Rumsfeld that US methods to tackle terrorism were hurting the United States.
The one-day visit to Jakarta was also expected to address the issue of maritime security in the Malacca Strait.
Security is dominating the agenda of Mr Rumsfeld's tour of Asia
The strait, one of the world's busiest sea lanes, is used by some 50,000 ships annually and is prone to pirate attacks.
The US has also expressed concern about possible terrorist attacks in the area.
On Monday, Mr Rumsfeld met his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Van Tra and congratulated him on the country's "amazing economic achievements" of the last 11 years.
The two held talks on defence issues, but Mr Rumsfeld played down speculation the US was seeking new bases.
It was the first visit by a US defence secretary in six years, and only the second visit since the end of the Vietnam war in 1975. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5050852.stm