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Great expectations overshadow Indonesia-Australia ties

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 12, 2020   /  11:11 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra, Australia on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.(Presidential Palace Press Bureau/Laily Rachev)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo returned from Canberra late on Monday having garnered largely positive responses to his historic state visit to Australia, owing much to the conclusion of a landmark economic agreement that paves the way for closer cooperation between the neighbors. However, some experts have cautioned against overstating the sentiment in Australia that Jakarta would become a helpful ally for Canberra to pursue its wider regional interests, particularly as they relate to China. Jokowi wrapped up his fourth visit to Australia with an historic address at a joint session of the Australian parliament, where he outlined not only the future of bilateral relations but also how the two countries could overcome challenges in the Indo-Pacific. In a speech to Australian lawmakers delivered in Indonesian, Jokowi said that both sides should put more focus on collabo...