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What's at Stake as Indonesia Hosts Its First G-20 Summit

MIN READNov 11, 2022 | 22:44 GMT

A woman in Jakarta, Indonesia, walks past a logo for the upcoming G-20 Summit in Bali on Nov. 8, 2022.

A woman in Jakarta, Indonesia, walks past a logo for the upcoming G-20 Summit in Bali on Nov. 8, 2022.

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Indonesia will use its role as the host of the next Group of 20 (G-20) summit to position itself as a credible mediator in international conflicts, though deep-rooted geopolitical tensions will limit Jakarta's aspirations and result in only modest concessions for developing nations. Indonesia will host its first-ever G-20 summit in Bali ​​on Nov. 5-16, marking a key milestone in the Southeast Asian country's push to take a more visible role in global political affairs. Under the theme of ''Recover Together, Recover Stronger,'' the agenda for the summit is primarily focused on economic affairs (including rising commodity costs) in the wake of multiple global crises, as well as health, technology and environmental issues. Leaders from rival Western and Eastern powers, however, will look to drive these conversations toward more immediate political issues, like the war in Ukraine and the growing rift between China and the United States. As the host...

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