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RI needs to focus on East Asia, analyst says

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 28 2012   /  09:29 am

Indonesia should play a greater role in shaping the future of East Asia and not be constrained by its commitment toward the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a foreign policy analyst says.

By shifting its attention to East Asia, Indonesia would be able to maintain its commitment to ASEAN while increasing its selective participation in the global arena, said Rizal Sikma.

Located between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, it is inevitable that Indonesia should play a more active role in the region as whatever happens in the region will certainly impact Indonesia.

“ASEAN is too small [for Indonesia’s foreign policy practice] but the world is too large,” Rizal said on Wednesday.

Marked by its reemergence in the last decade to assume a leadership role in ASEAN, the government is casting its eye on a wider political arena. Indonesia has t...