Examining prospects under President Joko Widodo’s visits to East Asia

President Joko Widodo

Jakarta, IO – President Joko Widodo recently conducted a working visit on a peace mission to Ukraine and Russia, ending with a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in this early July, nowadays it’s the turn of East Asian countries which be President Jokowi’s next visiting purpose. Reporting from the Cabinet Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia, President Jokowi and his entourage will travel to three countries for three days on 26-28 July 2022. Beijing being the first country of President Jokowi to visit on July 26, followed by Tokyo on July 27, and Seoul on July 28, 2022. 

Indonesia’s relationship with East Asia has been built for a long time and has a lengthy history. East Asia is the backyard of Southeast Asia where Indonesia become one of the single organization pioneers in the region, namely ASEAN. Thereto, ASEAN relations with China, Japan, and South Korea (ASEAN Plus Three) have been established since 1997. 

ASEAN agenda cannot be separated from the involvement of its neighboring region. The high intensity of conflict in the East Asia region which has an impact on Southeast Asian region stability, has caused ASEAN take concerns to East Asia as the second priority after Southeast Asia. ASEAN’s involvement is proven through the East Asia Summit. 

For Indonesia, those three East Asian countries are Indonesia’s strategic partners that have the potential to promote economic stability both bilaterally and multilaterally and become important cooperation partners to build regional stability with ASEAN.