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Jakarta Post

Whoever wins in November, Indonesia must engage with US, diplomats say

  • Alya Nurbaiti


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi (kanan) menerima kunjungan Menteri Luar Negeri AS Mike Richard Pompeo untuk melakukan pertemuan di Gedung Pancasila, Kementerian Luar Negeri, Jakarta, Sabtu (4/8/2018). Pertemuan Menteri Luar Negeri RI-AS itu untuk meningkatkan hubungan mitra strategis antara Indonesia dan Amerika Serikat. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Indonesia must continue to closely engage with the United States regardless of who wins the US presidential election in November, diplomats and foreign policy experts have said, as Indonesia seeks to rekindle its partnership with a superpower largely preoccupied with its rivalry with China.   With the race to the White House picking up, Indonesia is facing two distinct possibilities: preparing for a change in US leadership or bracing for more of the same.   Americans are expected to choose between President Donald Trump and his opponent Joe Biden on Nov. 3. Either way, experts agreed during a virtual discussion this week that the results of the election would affect Indonesia’s foreign policy stance towards the US, as well as Washington’s relations in the Asia-Pacific region.   Former Indonesian ambassador to the US Dino Patti Djalal was confi...