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Jakarta Post

Australia looks to Indonesia in an era of uncertainty

  • Stephen Smith and Hugo Seymour

Perth, Western Australia   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  12:52 am

Our world in 2019 continues to be defined by the uncertainty which has unfortunately characterized recent years.There are two major contributing factors: first, uncertainty caused by an increasingly assertive China, both abroad and domestically, under President Xi Jinping; second, the policy uncertainty and unilateralism of United States President Donald Trump, which may only increase during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.This year, the inability of the US and China to effectively manage their disputes has exacerbated the adverse state of their strategic competition. Even an optimistic analyst would say there are few signs these two great powers are working through their economic and strategic differences in an orderly manner. The pessimist might say we have the emergence of a new cold war with economic characteristics.During this period of global uncertainty, however, one ...