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Revisiting Jokowi’s global maritime fulcrum

  • CPF Luhulima
    CPF Luhulima

    Senior researcher at the Center for Political Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

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Jakarta   /   Tue, April 30, 2019   /  01:16 pm
Revisiting Jokowi’s global maritime fulcrum President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (front right) talks to Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (front left) and other ministers during the soft launching ceremony of the Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa )

It took President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo only seven minutes at the ninth East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw in November 2014 to define his global maritime fulcrum vision in geopolitical and geoeconomic terms and thus as a succinct geostrategy. “I choose this forum to convey my concept of Indonesia as a global maritime fulcrum and my expectation of the role of the East Asia Summit in the future,” he said. In the immense transformation East Asia was going through, he continued, the role of the seas was becoming crucial. The Indian and Pacific oceans are a single geopolitical and geoeconomic unit, a pivotal passage for global trade. And Indonesia is right in the middle of that strategic transformation. Being in the middle of the two oceans, Indonesia needs to confirm itself as the global maritime fulcrum. Indonesia needs to construct regional and international...

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