Which will increase speculation about why Clinton is there at all.
The other countries on this trip – Japan, South Korea and China – have far more obvious relevance to the US economic and diplomatic agenda. So why is she in Jakarta?
There is a lot of chatter among the Washington press corps about whether the president may soon follow. He has promised to make a speech in a Muslim capital within his first 100 days as president.
But the White House hasn’t given out any clues as to where that might be. My money has been on Jakarta for some time ($50 in fact – a bet with my colleagues in the Washington bureau).
Any Middle Eastern capital brings obvious controversy. And the Obama administration is determined to take a tougher line with Pakistan that Bush did, so that probably rules out Islamabad.