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Jakarta Post

Indonesia wants to match infrastructure drive with Indo-Pacific approach

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 13, 2019   /  02:40 pm
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Flags of many colors: A security officer stands guard during preparations for the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in June.(Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun)

Indonesia is aiming to match the positive response it received following the adoption of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific with its growing appetite for infrastructure development by hosting the upcoming Indo-Pacific forum next year, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi told lawmakers on Tuesday. "With the outlook prepared by Indonesia, adopted by ASEAN and then appreciated by the world, we want to spread our geopolitical perspective," Retno said. "We also have to translate it into concrete cooperation, because now diplomacy is required to produce results for the people. And that is why we want to hold the Indo-Pacific infrastructure and connectivity forum." In the first working meeting between the Foreign Ministry and the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing foreign affairs on Tuesday, Retno said that countries that responded positively to the...