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Jokowi inaugurates ASEAN building, calls for unity

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 9 2019   /  12:29 am
Building ASEAN: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi shake hands during the inauguration of the new ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta on Thursday. The inauguration was held in conjunction with the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of ASEAN.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(left) and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi shake hands during the inauguration of the new ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta on Thursday. The inauguration was held in conjunction with the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of ASEAN.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Building ASEAN: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi shake hands during the inauguration of the new ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta on Thursday. The inauguration was held in conjunction with the celebration of 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,...