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Whether it's Trump or Biden, Indonesia will maintain neutrality in South China Sea

The US is among Indonesia's top military partners. PHOTO: REUTERS
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JAKARTA - Whether Mr Donald Trump or Mr Joe Biden becomes the next president of the United States, Indonesia will maintain its neutrality in the South China Sea amid simmering tensions between the US and China, analysts say.

When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jakarta on Oct 28, just a week before the US election, he expressed Washington's readiness to cooperate "in new ways" to ensure maritime security and protect the busiest trade routes from unilateral claims by China.

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