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In Indo-Pacific, Jokowi needs to be more assertive

Cikarang, West Java   /   Sat, June 22, 2019   /  11:07 am
In Indo-Pacific, Jokowi needs to be more assertive President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attends the 21st ASEAN-China Summit in Suntec Convention Center in Singapore. (Antara/Bayu Prasetyo)

If Indonesia wishes to make any meaningful strides in advancing its “Indo-Pacific Cooperation” concept, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will have to focus on engaging ASEAN leaders instead of focusing more on domestic policy. Drawing from a The Jakarta Post interview with the President (June 13), Jokowi has a preference for domestic over international affairs. The overarching theme of his first term was infrastructural development and bureaucratic reform, encapsulated nicely in his slogan “work, work, work”. Jokowi has shown to have dedicated himself to this mission with mixed yet laudable results. His decision to allocate more funds to development has allowed significant progress in many critical infrastructure projects, such as the Jakarta MRT, toll roads across the archipelago and electrification. Now that Jokowi no longer has to worr...

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