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Indonesia can play key role in mediating US-China tensions: experts

Rising Southeast Asian nation keen to boost free trade and regional security

Shujiro Urata of Japan's Waseda University, right, and Mari Elka Pangestu from Indonesia's CSIS Foundation, center, participate in a panel session in a symposium in Tokyo on April 20. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- Indonesia can play the role of a mediator to ease U.S.-China trade friction and other political and economic conflicts around the world, experts said at a seminar on Friday in Tokyo.

"All great powers need friends," Jusuf Wanandi, vice chairman of the board of trustees at the CSIS Foundation, a Jakarta-based think tank. "That is why we, as middle powers, also have a role to play," he added. He was speaking at a symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of Japan-Indonesia diplomatic relations, organized by Nikkei Inc. and others. 

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