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Jakarta Post

Economy key as Indonesia raises sails in South Pacific

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Fri, December 6 2019   /  12:38 am

The South Pacific Ocean has become a focal point of Indonesia’s economic and development diplomacy, with the nation’s top diplomat meeting with counterparts from the region that is fast becoming a battleground for influence among the world’s superpowers.On the sidelines of the 12th Bali Democracy Forum, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi held a series of bilateral talks with ministers from Pacific island countries, namely Fijian Foreign Minister Inia Seruiratu, Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Jeremiah Manele and New Zealand’s Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio.Regarding her meeting with Seruiratu, Retno said they had talked about elevating their countries’ political relationship into an economic relationship.“We discussed the possibility of creating a preferential trade agreement with Fiji. The academic analysis has been concluded and hopef...