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Jakarta Post

Responding to Australia's foreign economic policy

  • Eko NM Saputro
    Eko NM Saputro

    Works for the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 6, 2017   /  08:10 am
Responding to Australia's foreign economic policy Two policemen walk past bollards installed to help protect tourists and locals from a terror attack at the Sydney Opera House on Sept. 20, 2017. Australia looks to cooperate with Indonesia on maritime interests, tackling inequality and social stability, as well as the development of infrastructure, skills and institutions. (Agence France-Presse/William West)

Recently the Australian government released its 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, a comprehensive document on promoting an agenda of prosperity and security in a complex and challenging geostrategic environment. The white paper has many infographics within the 136 pages covering Australian domestic values to global cooperation. The government realizes that technological change, a new international order, Asian economic dynamics, terrorism and climate change will bring opportunities and challenges in future international policy setting. Clearly, Australia puts the United States as its traditional and core ally, while mentioning China, Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia as essential partners to Australia’s interests. In particular, Australia uses the Indo-Pacific geopolitical concept as a pivotal focus for its foreign policy. The Indo-Pacific is defined as a region encom...

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