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Jakarta Post

RI seeks `concrete action' for ASEAN Community

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 9 2010   /  11:14 am

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has called on Southeast Asian nations to work harder to create an ASEAN Community in 2015 amid concern regarding China's rise and renewed initiatives from Japan and Australia for new regional architecture. Marty said in his first annual foreign policy speech Friday that Indonesia was set to enhance its conciliatory role in a world that remains divided, despite the enormous challenges it now faces: from the financial crisis to the global pandemic and what he called the "unfinished business" of climate change. But he also stressed that, "Indonesia's preoccupation with various global challenges in 2010 will not be at the expense of its commitment to contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of its own region." Marty said the concept of the ASEAN Community was forged to anticipate the recurring debate on the creation of East Asia or As...