White House Statement on Sunda Straits Tsunami
The United States conveys our deepest condolences for the loss of life and destruction from the tsunami that struck West Java and southern Sumatra, Indonesia, on December 22. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are in close communication with Indonesian authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Indonesia affected by the natural disaster. We are currently not aware of any U.S. citizens directly affected, but stand ready to assist as needed.
US/Japan/Indonesia Energy Project Hailed
During a December 19 groundbreaking ceremony in Cilamaya District, West Java, United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. hailed the contributions of American and Japanese companies in what will be Indonesia’s first power plant integrating natural gas infrastructure and power generation. Ambassador Donovan noted the project, known as Jawa 1, is a product of the Japan-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP) and represents the “high-quality, sustainable, private-sector-led growth” that JUSEP supports across the Indo-Pacific. Ambassador Donovan explained that helping Southeast Asian nations build liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure is a major focus of President Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and its Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy program, or Asia EDGE. Asia EDGE and JUSEP aim to catalyze – not replace – private sector investment by enabling energy sector reforms and growing sustainable and secure energy markets throughout the Indo-Pacific. The Ambassador also congratulated GE on its role in the project.