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Indonesia not holding its breath as US welcomes new government

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20, 2021   /  09:11 am
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President-elect Joe Biden gestures after speaking during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 4, 2020. Biden is to be sworn into office on Jan. 20.(Agence France-Presse/Angela Weiss)

While the upcoming United States regime change has promised some welcome respite from years of hostile rivalry with China under President Donald Trump, Indonesian expectations have all but dissipated thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the US’ poor handling sure to take up most of President-elect Joe Biden’s attention. On Wednesday, Biden and his deputy, Kamala Harris, will be sworn into office at the US Capitol, the site where hundreds of Trump supporters rioted earlier this month in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from formalizing the results of the US election, leaving five dead and the world questioning the state of the superpower’s democracy. In a single presidential term, Trump’s “America First” experiment has greatly damaged US reputation overseas and has left the incoming administration with the difficult task of restoring trust among p...