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Jakarta Post

Luhut’s US visit offers new dynamic in Indonesian vaccine diplomacy

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 19, 2020   /  09:29 am
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A medical worker at a community health center in Tapos, Depok, West Java, conducts a COVID-19 vaccination simulation on Oct. 21. Depok is expected to be among the regions with the earliest access to the vaccine because of its high levels of COVID-19 transmission.(JP/P.J. Leo)

The visit of senior Indonesian minister Luhut Pandjaitan to Washington, where Indonesia scored the possibility of new cooperation on vaccines, has introduced a new dynamic in dealings with rival superpowers the United States and China. Acting as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s special envoy, Luhut embarked on a trip to Washington this week to consolidate cooperation with the US, following the recent success of Indonesian exports in retaining trade perks under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Accompanied by newly installed Indonesian Ambassador to the US, Muhammad Lutfi, Luhut paid US President Donald Trump a courtesy call on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by Luhut’s office on Wednesday. Trump was accompanied by his advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and the CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation, Adam Boehl...