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Indonesia calls for new terror, tax fight

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

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Hamburg, Germany   /   Sat, July 8, 2017   /  07:30 am
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Powerful men: French President Emmanuel Macron (left) stands next to US President Donald Trump (center) and Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during the first day of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Friday. Leaders of the world’s top economies will gather from July 7 to 8 for what could be the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars and climate change to global trade.(AFP/Ludovic Marin)

Tax and terror, those were the main issues highlighted by Indonesia at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo calling for a new soft power strategy to fight terrorism and a hard power strategy to fight global tax fraud. Despite experiencing a few hiccups on the way to the G20 summit venue due to massive demonstrations on Friday, Jokowi was given the opportunity to speak in front of the leaders of G20 member countries and used his time to encourage the world’s biggest economies to unite to maximize counterterrorism efforts. He emphasized that a new balance is needed between soft power and hard power in the battle against terrorism, citing the success of Indonesia’s de-radicalization programs in discouraging former terrorists from committing further acts of radicalism-fueled carnage. “History has taught us t...