President Biden and Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Monday and were expected to discuss climate and minerals.
After the meeting, Biden said that the two countries would be launching a strategic partnership that includes deepening collaboration on climate change.
He did not said how exactly the two countries would collaborate, but a source confirmed ahead of the conversation that minerals would be part of the discussion between the two leaders on Monday.
Reuters, which first reported that the countries were discussing a possible minerals partnership, reported that the administration still has concerns about environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards in Indonesia.
Indonesia is the world’s largest supplier of nickel, which is used in electric vehicle batteries.
Earlier this year, the U.S. announced a minerals trade agreement with Japan.
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