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Old wine in new bottle: Foreign policy in 2019

  • Gilang Kembara
    Gilang Kembara

    Research associate at the China-Southeast Asia Research Centre

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 28, 2019   /  12:36 pm
Old wine in new bottle: Foreign policy in 2019 On diplomacy: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi explains progress of Indonesia's foreign policies in a press statement at the Foreign Ministry office's Pancasila Building in Jakarta. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

It seems Indonesia’s foreign policy buzzword of 2019 is “Indo-Pacific”. The term has re-entered the country’s foreign policy in the last two years and has been vehemently supported by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi. After being cooked up for months within the ministry, Retno announced the Indo-Pacific concept at the ASEAN Summit in August 2018, and further explained her intention to elevate it into an ASEAN-led concept. The rationale behind the support for an ASEAN-led Indo-Pacific concept stemmed from the array of Indo-Pacific strategies being offered by ASEAN’s external partners. The concern that this assortment of strategies would elude ASEAN altogether led to Jakarta taking on the initiative of building up its and/or ASEAN’s own Indo-Pacific concept. This move would avoid any possibility of ASEAN centrality on the Indo-Pacific to be dictated ...

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