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Jakarta Post

[INSIGHT] Multilateralism: Global and regional cooperation for China and Indonesia

  • Jusuf Wanandi


Jakarta   /   Wed, November 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) during the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan in June 2019.(Presidential Palace Press Bureau/Laily Rachev)

Congratulations to both China and Indonesia, their people and leaders on the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The enormity of the challenges facing all of us today, East and West, advanced economies and emerging and developing economies alike, necessitates stronger cooperation in all spheres of life. Regaining cooperative momentum rather than succumbing to the instinct of beggar-thy-neighbor policies will determine how far and how quickly we can return to a better shared sustainable growth. Given the rising knowledge and spatial complexities in which we all live, no government and no country will ever again be able to sustainably prosper alone. The coronavirus pandemic has made and will continue to make life very difficult for billions of citizens. Its transmission has not been brought under control. As of Nov. 24, COVID-19 had infected over 58.7 million people and killed ...