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Indonesia calls for respecting rules-based order in Indo-Pacific region

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21, 2019   /  03:21 pm
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The ASEAN secretariat building in Jakarta was inauguratedin August 2019 in conjunction with the 52nd anniversary of ASEAN.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Amid uncertainty over the superpower rivalry in the region, Indonesia and Asian countries must uphold a rules-based order, which is also one of the key principles in the recently adopted ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, a senior diplomat has said. Foreign Ministry Asia-Pacific and African Affairs Director General Desra Percaya said Asian countries should collaborate more on how to shape the international rule of law and norm-setting and “anticipate the swing of the geopolitical and geostrategic pendulum in the region". The United States and China have been engaged in a prolonged trade war that has been impacting growth in the region, while also competing on various strategic fronts, including infrastructure and security. Desra said it was timely to build more awareness on a rules-based order and international rule of law in Asia and Indonesia, especially since I...