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RI not holding its breath as US welcomes new govt

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20 2021   /  01:00 am
President-elect Joe Biden gestures after speaking during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, early on November 4, 2020. Democrat Joe Biden said early Wednesday he believes he is "on track" to defeating US President Donald Trump, and called for Americans to have patience with vote-counting as several swing states remain up in the air.(Agence France-Presse/Angela Weiss)

While the upcoming United States regime change has promised some welcome respite from years of hostile rivalry with China under President Donald Trump, Indonesian expectations have all but dissipated thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the US’ poor handling sure to take up most of president-elect Joe Biden’s attention. On Wednesday, Biden and his deputy, Kamala Harris, will be sworn into office at the US Capitol, the site where hundreds of Trump supporters rioted earlier this month in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from formalizing the results of the US election, leaving fi ve dead and the world questioning the state of the superpower’s democracy. In a single presidential term, Trump’s “America First” experiment has greatly damaged the US reputation overseas and has left the incoming administration with the difficult task of restoring trust am...