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Indonesia-Australia business ties remain strong: Deputy minister

Business relationships between Indonesia and Australia will remain strong despite the recent wire tapping incidents, a senior official says.

“The [wire tapping] issue is political. Economic and business issues should be separated,” Deputy Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said as quoted by on Tuesday.

Australian Broadcasting Corp. and The Guardian reported on Monday that they had documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that showed the agency had wiretapped the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and several ministers.

The documents reportedly showed that the Australian Defense Signals Directorate, now the top-secret Australian Signals Directorate, had attempted to listen to the president's phone conversations on at least one occasion and tracked activity on the phone for 15 days in August 2009.--The Jakarta Post

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






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