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Jakarta Post

Uniting ASEAN against EU

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, April 11 2019   /  01:36 am

We call on ASEAN leaders to form a united front as a regional grouping to demonstrate full support to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who have signed and sent a joint letter to officially protest the European Union’s plan to remove palm oil from its market. Both Jokowi and Mahathir, whose countries produce over 80 percent of global palm oil output, created a historic moment for ASEAN last week because this is likely the first time members have jointly sent a protest letter to another country or trade bloc. They strongly warned they were prepared to take retaliatory measures. Officials also stated that the two countries would not hesitate to take the case to the World Trade Organization, in addition to taking unilateral actions.“Both our governments view this as a deliberate, calculated and adverse economic and political strategy to re...