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Australia's Albanese pledges $480m for ASEAN, Indonesia

New prime minister solicits Jakarta's support for Pacific campaign

While Anthony Albanese sought to enlist Indonesia in a new Indo-Pacific security arrangement, Joko Widodo insisted on maintaining neutrality toward China on June 6 in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta. (Screenshot from Indonesian Presidential Palace's official YouTube channel)

JAKARTA -- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a trip to Indonesia on Monday pledged to support Southeast Asia with a package of 670 million Australian dollars ($482 million) as he seeks to deepen engagement with the region at the center of a new Indo-Pacific security campaign.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, will receive a grant of A$200 million to build infrastructure and climate resilience. Additionally, A$470 million will be disbursed to the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations through bilateral and regional development assistance programs.

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