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RI pledges neutrality during Pompeo visit

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, October 29, 2020. ( CourtesyIndonesian Presidential Palace/Muchlis Jr)

The government upheld its pledge to remain neutral in the rivalry between China and the United States on Thursday, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped by Jakarta during a whirlwind Asian tour aimed at coaxing key countries in the region to stem the rise of China. After a bilateral meeting with Pompeo, during which he praised Indonesia for safeguarding its “maritime sovereignty" in the North Natuna Sea and said that China's claims of the South China Sea were unlawful, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia was sticking to its principle of a free and independent foreign policy. "I reemphasized the need to pursue inclusive cooperation amid this challenging time, and I underlined the need for every country to be part of the solution in the collective contribution towards world peace, stability and prosperity," Retno said. She added that he...