Jakarta’s place at the Group of 20 Nations looks like a blown opportunity for leadership
Right, you must be wondering why Indonesia is not acting like UK who's basically just following US orders, cleaning their shoes, do the laundry. If Indonesia is the Lion that meowed, than England is a cat that roars a lot. In the end, you're still just a US kitty cat
In 2003, US, UK & Australia invaded Iraq based on a false accusation that Iraq possessed WMD. At that time, Bush said,"Even if a US invasion violated international law, America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation's security."
Now when Russia invades Ukraine, Biden, Johnson & Morrison talk about international law and humanity. What a bunch of disgusting hypocrites.
Jokowi has been beleaguered by domestic issues that he has pioneered: corruptions done by his families and cronies and of course his fear of being dethroned from power. Ukraine? Russia? Who cares when the he cannot help but raising the prices of cooking oil..
It is precisely because of Indonesia past non-alignment movement that Jokowi did not choose to blindly follow the west. As noted that does not mean Indonedia support the Russian invasion but sanction will not promote peace. For one thing, Zelenskyy ruling out joining NATO is the more sane thing he had done to promote peace talk.
If Sukarno is the president he would even take a more harder stance like of India. The author conveniently skipping past 1958 CIA coup attempt on Sukarno. Sukarno would be very sceptical of western nation. Not to mention the succesful 1965 coup of him, that resulted in massacre cheered on and directly supported by the west. As noted by historian Greg Poulgrain.
Indonesia is not UK or Australia, which are just US dogs.
do Indonesian bothered by russia vs ukraine(or perhaps US and cron) conflict? I doubt it. they bothered by how difficult to get palm oils,sugar, and how the gov more focused on building new capital city than develop it economics.
The writer and I certainly do not know what Indonesian gov is and has been doing. But in my view its not effective to assist in peace keeping if we put ourselves in the limelight. I certainly do seriously hope and believe RI is undertaking some tacit effort to help save the world, as G20 chairman or not