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Indonesia offers to host new Indo-Pacific forum

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 31, 2019   /  10:36 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to speak about the adoption of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and the next step forward at the East Asia Summit (EAS), part of a series of ASEAN summit meetings to be held in Thailand this weekend. Speaking to reporters before leaving for Bangkok to attend preparatory meetings, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for ASEAN, Jose Tavares, said that the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific would be at the top of a list of potential topics that Jokowi would bring up at the summit. In particular, Jokowi is to propose Indonesia host an ASEAN Indo-Pacific Infrastructure and Connectivity Forum, a follow-up to the ASEAN outlook document that he debuted at the same forum of 18 countries last year, Jose said. “This is the time for the President to convey that the Indo-Pacific Outlook has been completed and we can i...