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Jakarta Post

Jokowi to debut Indo-Pacific concept

  • Dian Septiari and Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  02:35 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans to debut Indonesia’s own perspective on the Indo-Pacific debate at the East Asia Summit (EAS) next week, as the government pushes for ASEAN to adopt a local perspective on the increasingly popular geopolitical construct.The East Asia Summit is part of a flurry of meetings under the banner of the 2018 ASEAN Summit to be held in Singapore beginning Tuesday, where President Jokowi will attend 17 diplomatic meetings in the space of three days.“This comes after at least one and a half years of intensively consulting with ASEAN states and ASEAN dialogue partners [about the concept],” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi told reporters at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.Retno said Jokowi had previously talked about Indonesia’s maritime vision when he attended the same meeting in 2014, during which the Indo-Pacific strategy was briefly...