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ASEAN chair Indonesia has big role in upholding regional order

Jakarta's most urgent task is to press Myanmar's military regime to conform

Indonesian President Joko Widodo attends a news conference after the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 16, 2022.   © Reuters

Indonesia has assumed the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for 2023. With a population of more than 270 million, it is the world's fourth most populous country and the only member of the Group of 20 in the region.

Located in the middle of the Indo-Pacific, Southeast Asia lies at the front line of the U.S.-China confrontation. As chair, Indonesia has an increasingly important role in maintaining the stability of the international order.

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