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Pompeo to visit RI amid rising US-China rivalry

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 24 2020   /  01:00 am
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.(AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

Amid the increasingly aggressive rivalry between the United States and China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned visit to Jakarta next week may further consolidate efforts to antagonize Beijing and test Indonesia’s free and active foreign policy.   Indonesia will be the last country on Pompeo’s overseas itinerary, which starts this weekend in India, before moving to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.   Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said she would have a bilateral meeting with Pompeo, and expressed hopes that the visit would strengthen the relationship between Indonesia and the US.   “The US is one of Indonesia's most important partners. We hope to continuously build a strong and beneficial partnership with the US,” she said this week.   In a press conference on Thursday, Pompeo said that in all of the mee...