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Indonesia treads tight line between China and US

President Joko Widodo has a hotline to Beijing but needs US help to keep China at bay in contested waters

JAKARTA – When China and Indonesia’s Natuna maritime stand-off nearly boiled over last month, President Joko Widodo – a leader not known for his abiding interest in…

  • John McBeth
  • Asia Times

He picked up the phone and called his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, just about the time the Communist Party leader was beginning to grasp the gravity of the coronavirus epidemic now…

It isn’t known what was said on the high-level call, government sources say, but by the time Widodo paid a…

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