Indonesia must build trust among major countries regarding Indo-Pacific idea

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia must build trust and confidence among the major countries in the region to fulfill the Indo-Pacific idea.

"Without trust among the big countries, it is difficult to realize this idea," said UNESCO Chair for Transnational Challenges and Governance School of International Service, American University, Amitav Archarya, here on Monday.

Also, Indonesia must create a common understanding related to Indo-Pacific ideas among developing countries that have a strategic location in the region.

"Creating shared understandings can be done with dialogues to discuss Indo-Pacific ideas," he said.

In the Asia Pacific region, there are four major countries that have power in the political, economic and military fields, including the United States, Japan, China and Russia.

In addition to the four major countries, there is also the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Asia Pacific region. ASEAN is a subregional organization in the Asia Pacific region that is courted by superpower countries and other countries in the region.

Previously, former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the Indo-Pacific idea could maintain ASEANs centrality and unity, both geographically and geopolitically, in ensuring regional stability.

"The Indo-Pacific idea is in line with the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) owned by ASEAN," Marty Natalegawa said.

US President Donald Trump, who chose the Indo-Pacific term, rather than Asia-Pacific, as used by the previous US administration, can raise the Indo-Pacific idea among other nations.

"The Indo-Pacific idea was initiated by me during 2013 in Washington D.C. at an international conference," Trump said.

However, he continued, the idea needed an approach providing dynamic equilibrium in the Asia Pacific region.

"As a result, no power would dominate in the region," he remarked.

This dynamic balance is built by increasing cooperation and building patterns of cooperation and partnership relationships, so that confrontation can be avoided.

This approach can promote mutual security, prosperity and stability in the region.

Source: ANTARA News

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