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Jokowi, Prabowo lock horns over foreign policy

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 1, 2019   /  04:09 pm
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Presidential Candidate Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto greet each other before the presidential candidate held in Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, March 30, 2019. the debate will cover Ideology, Governance, Security and Foreign affairs as its themes. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his challenger, Prabowo Subianto, showed different approaches to foreign policy during a fierce televised debate on Saturday night, with the former highlighting Indonesia’s strategic position as a Muslim democracy and the latter emphasizing what he said was the nation’s weak firepower on the global stage. A question posed by a panelist about what made Indonesia great on the international stage quickly turned into a fiery argument over the role of military power in foreign policy, with Jokowi being a multilateralist fighting for peace and Prabowo a realist preparing for imminent war. Jokowi argued that as a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia has the ability to solve religious-based conflicts throughout the world, including mediating peace in the case of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. ...