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Indonesia 2024 Presidential Election: Forecasting Future Proximity With China

File image of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle shows chairman Megawati Soekarnoputri (L) putting a skullcap on Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo after he was selected by the country's largest political party as its candidate for the 2024 presidential election in Bogor on April 21, 2023. Handout / Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle / AFP

Indonesia will hold a presidential election next year that will potentially see three candidates battling for office: Anies Baswedan, Ganjar Pranowo, and Prabowo Subianto. Since declaring their presidential bids, the three candidates have talked about various issues, ranging from improving education, boosting employment, healthcare, infrastructure, to eradicating corruption. 

But there is one elephant in the room that neither Anies, Ganjar, or Prabowo, dares to bring up: future policies on China. 

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