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US sees RI as a key player in S. China Sea issue: Expert

  • Bagus BT. Saragih and Yohanna Ririhena

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 3 2012   /  07:00 am
Hillary Clinton: (AP/Heng Sinith)(AP/Heng Sinith)

Hillary Clinton: (AP/Heng Sinith)US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Jakarta on Monday is expected to highlight Indonesia’s leading role in ASEAN, especially in moderating tensions in the South China Sea between China and several ASEAN member nations, an expert has said.

“The US sees Indonesia as a key and important player in the South China Sea issue. Indonesia is not a claimant, but has put a lot of effort in harmonizing ASEAN,” University of Indonesia international relations expert Andi Widjajanto said.

Andi also said that it would be in the US interest to see a consolidated Southeast Asia when facing an assertive China, especially following President Barack Obama administration’s efforts to “pivot” US foreign policy to Asia, after long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Andi said that the Clinton visit would not be related to APEC. “The vi...