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Jakarta Post

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Indonesia scans horizon of US-China rivalry

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 11, 2020   /  08:57 am
Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Indonesia scans horizon of US-China rivalry Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses regional leaders during the ASEAN Summit, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Hanoi on June 26. The leaders are expected to convene virtually again this week at the second ASEAN Summit. (Pool/AFP/Luong Thai Linh )

Indonesia hopes that the United States will become a “positive force” for stability in Southeast Asia, its top diplomat said ahead of the ASEAN Summit this week, which may see a shift in the balance of the US-China rivalry and US influence in the South China Sea. ASEAN foreign ministers met online to prepare for the upcoming ASEAN Summit meetings that Vietnam will be hosting virtually from Thursday through Sunday. Speaking to reporters after Tuesday’s meeting, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia and ASEAN would certainly be ready to work together with the US to strengthen a partnership based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit. “The partnership that we want is a partnership that upholds the principles and values of multilateralism with respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as respect for int...