Marty Natalegawa attended the 2009-2014 Foreign Policy Evaluation Working Meeting with Commission I of the Indonesian Parliament at the DPR Senayan Building. Photo: Ricardo / JPNN.com Illustration: Ricardo / JPNN.com
jpnn.com, JAKARTA – The Minister of Foreign Affairs in the era of President SBY, Marty Natalegawa emphasized that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership aka RCEP was an initiative initiated by ASEAN even though currently it seems dominated by China.
“With the risk of oversimplifying the existing facts, if you look at its origins, RCEP is more likely to be an idea initiated by ASEAN,” Marty said in the Global Town Hall 2020 discussion session, organized by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), Friday (20 / 11).
“One day, maybe, RCEP will be more dominated by China, but I don’t think it is right to describe it that way for now,” Marty added.
The idea of RCEP emerged in 2011, when Indonesia served as chair of ASEAN and Marty served as Indonesian Foreign Minister.
The first phase of negotiations began in 2013 and the completion process took nearly a decade for the agreement to be passed.
On 15 November 2020, the RCEP was signed by 10 ASEAN countries and five partner countries, including China.
The ten ASEAN countries are Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The signing of the RCEP takes place amid increasing tensions between China and the United States (US).