Jokowi says rising food prices are dangerous and puts developing countries like Indonesia at risk

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, seen standing to the left of US President Joe Biden during a summit of Southeast Asian leaders at the White House in May, indicated that he plans to launch a peace initiative during his upcoming visit to Europe. can try.

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Indonesia’s president says the war in Ukraine must end because it is driving up food and energy prices and putting developing countries like Indonesia at risk.

“The most important thing that I am concerned about is the food price. Therefore, we want the war in Ukraine to be stopped, resolved with dialogue so that we can focus on [on] economy,” President Joko Widodo told CNBC in an exclusive interview in Serang city of Banten province on Friday.

“If not, it will never end, it is dangerous for countries, especially developing countries.”

Jokowi, as he is popularly called back home, said that the war should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation.

Participating in Indonesian leader’s meeting Group of 7 Advanced Economies 26-28 June at the invitation of the host country Germany. Russian news agency Tass reported last week That Jokowi will meet with President Vladimir Putin on June 30.

“After the G-7, I will visit several countries that belong to [to the] Food problem,” he told CNBC’s Martin Soong. Jokowi declined to confirm whether he was visiting Russia or Ukraine, which are among the world’s largest food producers and exporters.

There is a problem here and the problem is war. We also need to invite Ukraine to the G20 so that we can solve the problem.

joko widodo

President of Indonesia

US-China rivalry

US and China tussle for dominance in Southeast Asia US calls Indo-Pacific region ‘heart of American grand strategy’ And China is claiming territorial claims over almost the entire South China Sea.

Asked whether Indonesia is embroiled in a geopolitical conflict between the US and China, Jokowi stressed that his country is “close friends” with both.

The Indonesian President further noted that Indonesia’s trade ties with the two countries remain strong, and that the US and China are both strategic partners for Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

We want this region to be peaceful so that we can build our country and do better economic development. Rivalry, let alone war, will not be beneficial for any country.

joko widodo

President of Indonesia

US bilateral goods trade with Indonesia exceeded $37 billion in 2021, while bilateral trade in services was estimated at $2.4 billion in 2020, according to the state department,

China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, whose trade is estimated $124.34 billion in 2021, According to Chinese customs data reported by the Embassy of Indonesia in China.

Asked whether the Quad Strategic Alliance or the AUKUS nuclear and security agreement, which Australia signed with Britain and the US last year, risks angering China, Jokowi said: “We don’t want our territory become a platform for rivalry. [between] Big countries.”

“We want this region to be peaceful so that we can build our country and have better economic growth. Rivalry, except war, will not be beneficial to any country.”

relationship with australia

Following Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS deal, Indonesia said it was “deeply concerned” About “the continuing arms race and power launch in the region”.

Asked whether Indonesia’s relations with Australia have soured as a result of AUKUS, Jokowi said: “The most important thing we want is that Indonesia and Australia [a] In the future with better relationships, in investing, in business, and others, we want it to be better.”

He expressed hope that relations with Canberra could improve under the new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.

“We both want our relations to be better, closer and more solid in investment and trade. Because now we already have Indonesia Australia CEPA, it is our common goal, so that goods from Australia can enter Indonesia, goods Goods from Indonesia can enter Australia,” the president said.

“I think it’s a great relationship.”

, CNBC’s Weizen Tan contributed to this report.