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Jakarta Post

[COMMENTARY] US Secretary of State Pompeo’s visit is more of a farewell

  • Kornelius Purba


Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 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)

As a Javanese man who was raised in the Central Java city of Surakarta, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will pretend he does not know that the United States election is only a few days ahead when he hosts US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, scheduled for Wednesday. Less than week after his arrival in Jakarta Pompeo may turn into a lame duck foreign minister along with his boss President Donald Trump. But Jokowi will not underestimate Trump’s chances of reelection. Neither will he squander the opportunity of Indonesia-US defense cooperation that his Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has gained from his recent trip to Washington.  Indonesia, as well as all of ASEAN, needs a strong US military presence in the region, amid escalating tension in the region now that China has become more assertive in its claim over a large swath of the South China Sea. Indonesia, how...