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Jakarta Post

Retno’s diplomatic journey to Tokyo and Fujian

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 5, 2021   /  03:58 am
Retno’s diplomatic journey to Tokyo and Fujian Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (left) talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Fujian, China on April 2, 2021. The two ministers talk about the latest development in Myanmar after the military launched a coup in February, among other issues. (Twitter/@Menlu_RI)

A young Japanese scholar expressed his curiosity about Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi’s intention to fly to Fujian in China to meet with her counterpart, Wang Yi, shortly after she and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo last week. Japan might feel irritated by the itinerary, but Indonesia could explain that the visit to Fujian “was planned as a return visit to Minister Wang Yi”. In Fujian, Retno was accompanied by Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi and State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Tohir. Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Malaysia’s Hishammuddin Hussein and Teodoro Locsin of the Philippines were also in Fujian last week for their own bilateral talks with Wang Yi. “It’s an interesting move to watch because it ...