But as he spoke alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Pence reaffirmed the Trump administration's intentions to find "win-win" answers in all facets of America's relationship with Indonesia - from trade to defense.
During a meeting at a Jakarta hotel today where the deals were announced, Pence told business leaders that he and President Joko Widodo had "very candidly and very respectfully" discussed how to improve market access for United States firms in Indonesia when they held talks.
Indonesia is on President Donald Trump's trade hit list, and US company Freeport-McMoran Inc., which operates the world's largest copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, is in a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government.
In a joint press conference following Thursday's talks, President Joko Widodo said his country had secured commitments from the U.S. to improve the two countries' strategic partnership, adding that the focus would be on trade and investment in the future.
After his talks with Widodo, Pence also said the U.S. was committed to building a stronger defense partnership with Indonesia to combat terrorism, and guaranteeing freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where Indonesian and Chinese vessels have recently clashed. He did not make any public statements there but had earlier praised his hosts, saying that as the world's largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam is "an inspiration to the world".
Pence is now on a tour of South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia that is aimed at smoothing some of the rougher edges of Trump's rhetoric.
Pence was later on Thursday due to visit Southeast Asia's largest mosque, the Istiqlal mosque, where hardline Islamic groups on Wednesday night celebrated the election win.
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"In your nation as in mine, religion unifies, it doesn't divide", he added.
Special event clearways will be enforced on the city's roads and the number of police officers on the city's streets boosted during the Australian leg of Mr Pence's Asia-Pacific tour.
Pence will also meet Australian business executives in Sydney on Saturday, following similar meetings in Seoul, Tokyo, and Jakarta that have been thick with executives from Fortune 100 companies. He also said the United States will uphold the freedoms of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.
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Widodo's approach to foreign policy has been led more by economic interests than geopolitical considerations: he has pursued increased trade and investment from China but keeps a diplomatic distance from Beijing and established a strategic partnership with Washington under former President Barack Obama.
Japanese officials who briefed reporters after the talks indicated the two sides did not share a consensus on sticking to bilateral trade deals.