RI raises issues affecting regional stability at ASEAN-China meeting

RI raises issues affecting regional stability at ASEAN-China meeting

A screenshot of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi holding a press conference following the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers Meeting in Chongqing, China on Monday (June 7, 2021). (ANTARA/Aria Cindyara)

Indonesia also encourages all sides to comply with the implementation of the Declaration of Conduct (DoC), including exercising self-restraint.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi raised several issues involving regional peace and stability at the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers Meeting in Chongqing, China on Monday.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, which marked 30 years of ASEAN-China partnership, she said she raised three issues in the context of peace and stability in the region.

"The first thing concerns Myanmar. I reiterated that the safety and welfare of the Myanmar people and the recovery of democracy must become our main priority," she said at the press conference originating from Jakarta.

Referring to the five-point consensus reached at the ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Jakarta on April 24 this year, she said: "China's support for ASEAN to follow up on the five-point consensus will be highly appreciated because it will contribute to the effort to find a peaceful solution to the existing crisis.”

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She also highlighted the Indo-Pacific issue, saying the growing geopolitical dynamics necessitates all sides to keep the region stable, peaceful, and prosperous.

She underscored the importance of encouraging dialog rather than rivalry to build strategic trust and concrete, mutually beneficial cooperation, in line with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

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The third issue Marsudi raised at the meeting pertained to the South China Sea. The capability of all sides to manage the South China Sea will put ASEAN-China relations to the test, she remarked.

The capability may also strengthen an equal, mutually beneficial partnership between both sides to create global peace and stability, she added.

Thus, ASEAN and China must soon continue the discussion on the Code of Conduct (CoC), which has made slow progress, she said. Indonesia is ready to host a meeting to negotiate on CoC in the near future, she added.

"Indonesia also encourages all sides to comply with the implementation of the Declaration of Conduct (DoC), including exercising self-restraint," she said. (INE)

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