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Jakarta Post

Jokowi inaugurates ASEAN building, calls for unity

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 8, 2019   /  07:45 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi shake hands during the inauguration of the new ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta on Aug. 8. The inauguration was held in conjunction with the 52nd anniversary of ASEAN.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday called for ASEAN unity against the backdrop of increasing rivalry among major powers in the region as Indonesia inaugurated the new building for the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. The inauguration of the building took place during ASEAN Day, which falls every Aug. 8 to commemorate the establishment of ASEAN by its five founding members -- Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines -- in 1967. Jokowi said ASEAN must be able to maintain its relevance as a regional grouping in the face of global challenges. "In the future, ASEAN will face challenges that are not easy. The tug-of-war between the great powers can certainly be more intense. While domestically, the people of each ASEAN nation will continue to ask questions about the benefits of ASEAN," Jokowi said. He highlighted ASEAN’s centrali...