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Jakarta Post

Whether Trump or Biden, it doesn’t matter to Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari and Tama Salim


Jakarta   /   Fri, November 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Indonesia-US relationship under Trump administrations(JP/Hengky Wijaya)

As the United States entered a nerve-wracking period of waiting for votes to be counted on Wednesday to determine its next president, Indonesia had already declared its intention to work closely with Washington, regardless of who wins the election. For Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the question of whether incumbent US President Donald Trump or Democratic contender Joe Biden will make for a better counterpart is a moot point, with experts predicting that the election result would not have too big an impact on the bilateral relationship – or the rivalry with China. Following a neck-and-neck race on Tuesday, Trump was condemned for falsely claiming election victory early on Wednesday as the vote count was still under way. And even if he loses, Trump has said he would go to the Supreme Court to dispute the vote count, AFP reported. The Republican president is running...