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China shouldn't see Jakarta's friendship as sign of weakness

However, differences between them are unlikely to escalate to the point where the overall bilateral structure will be affected.

Mr Joko (centre), along with some members of his Cabinet, on the deck of the KRI Imam Bonjol in the waters of Natuna Islands, Riau Islands province, Indonesia on June 23.

IN a dramatic gesture intended to refocus China's attention on its relations with Indonesia, President Joko Widodo visited the Natuna Islands recently.

Indeed, he held a limited Cabinet meeting on board the warship KRI Imam Bonjol, which had clashed with Chinese fishing vessels in the...

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