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Jakarta Post

Whether Trump or Biden, it doesn't matter to Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari and Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 5, 2020   /  09:46 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gestures during a meeting with visiting United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java on Oct. 29. The visit came just a week before the US election.(Reuters/Courtesy of Muchlis Jr/Presidential Palace)

As the United States entered a nerve-wracking period of waiting for votes to be counted on Wednesday to determine its next president, Indonesia had already declared its intention to work closely with Washington, regardless of who wins the election. For Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the question of whether incumbent US President Donald Trump or Democratic contender Joe Biden will make for a better counterpart is a moot point, with experts predicting that the election result would not have too big an impact on the bilateral relationship – or the rivalry with China. Following a neck-and-neck race on Tuesday, Trump was condemned for falsely claiming election victory early on Wednesday as the vote count was still under way. And even if he loses, Trump has said he would go to the Supreme Court to dispute the vote count, AFP reported. The Republican president is running...