Jokowi and Biden Meet to Discuss the Future of the Indo-Pacific

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Liputan6 English Version, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will visit the White House on Monday, November 13, 2023. The visit coincides with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, United States.

Jokowi will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. In the meeting, the two leaders will discuss strengthening the partnership between Indonesia and the United States, which has lasted for nearly 75 years.

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Karine Jean-Pierre, White House spokesperson, said that the two leaders will explore opportunities to enhance cooperation in various areas, including:

  • Clean energy transition
  • Promoting economic prosperity
  • Enhancing regional security and stability
  • Strengthening people-to-people ties

In addition, Biden and Jokowi will also work together to strengthen ASEAN centrality, uphold international law, and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Jokowi’s visit to the White House is important in the midst of the war in Gaza, where the United States and Indonesia have different positions. The United States supports Israel, while Indonesia supports Palestine.

Despite their different positions on the war in Gaza, the two countries have maintained good relations. Jokowi’s visit to the White House is expected to strengthen bilateral relations between Indonesia and the United States.

Here are some of the issues that could be the focus of discussion in the meeting between Jokowi and Biden:

  • Clean energy transition
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Both countries have a strong commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060, while the United States has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

In the meeting, the two leaders could discuss opportunities to enhance cooperation in the field of clean energy, such as the development of renewable energy, energy conservation, and energy efficiency.

  • Economic cooperation

Indonesia and the United States have a mutually beneficial economic relationship. The two countries have the potential to enhance cooperation in various fields, such as trade, investment, and tourism.

In the meeting, the two leaders could discuss opportunities to enhance economic cooperation, such as increasing exports and imports, increasing investment, and developing tourism.

  • Regional security and stability

Both countries have a shared interest in maintaining regional security and stability. Indonesia and the United States can cooperate in various fields, such as counterterrorism, drug trafficking, and illegal fishing.

In the meeting, the two leaders could discuss opportunities to enhance cooperation in the field of regional security and stability.

  • People-to-people ties

People-to-people ties between Indonesia and the United States continue to grow. The two countries can cooperate in various fields, such as education, culture, and sports.

In the meeting, the two leaders could discuss opportunities to enhance people-to-people ties.

Jokowi’s visit to the White House is expected to produce important agreements that can strengthen bilateral relations between Indonesia and the United States.(MIS)

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