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Indonesia Is Handing Out Coal Mines To Religious Groups. Here’s Why China Stands To Benefit

This article is co-authored by Antonia Timmerman, Southeast Asia Editor at the China-Global South Project, Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat, Director of the China-Indonesia Desk at the Center of Economic and Law Studies (CELIOS), and Yeta Purnama, researcher at CELIOS.  Indonesia found ...

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Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Indigenous Communities Rally in Jakarta Against Chinese Zinc Mining

On Tuesday afternoon, June 11th, 2024, around 60 people adorned in bright-colored traditional garments gathered outside the Chinese embassy in Jakarta. They were the Batak Dairi people, the Indigenous communities threatened by a zinc and lead mine funded by China. They demanded that China halt its support ...

Why Indonesia Courts China For AI Collaboration and How to Make the Most of It

Earlier this year, the Indonesian government declared its intention to bolster collaboration with China in advancing its national artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem. Nezar Patria, Deputy Minister of Kominfo, said that working together with many countries on the national AI ecosystem “will strengthen Indonesia's position in free ...

U.S., China, Indonesia’s Nickel Gridlock: A Perspective From Below

“Without Indonesia’s nickel, have no future in America,” declared Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime and investment affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Foreign Policy last month. A bold statement from Indonesia’s top minister. He blasted Washington’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for ...

China-Indonesia Food Security Tie-up Is Strategic. But First, Let’s Talk About Indonesia’s Concerns

The recent collaboration between Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) and China's National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI) marks a significant step towards enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in the archipelago. However, several challenges such as cases of illegal fishing, inadequate infrastructure and lingering environmental and ...

Indonesia Probes Shopee and Lazada for Suspected Anti-Competition Breaches

Indonesia's antitrust agency said Monday it was probing local units of e-commerce giants Shopee and Lazada for potential breaches of anti-competition rules. The agency said it was closely watching PT Shopee Internasional Indonesia and PT Ecart Webportal Indonesia, the domestic units ...

Indonesia’s Role in the Burgeoning South China Sea Crisis

Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto will take office later this year at a critical time when regional tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea are surging. And this won't be just a foreign policy ...

South China Sea: Litmus Test for Indonesia-China Defense Ties

On April 12, Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Wu Qian told the media that China intended to bolster military ties with Indonesia. Wu Qian made the remark after Indonesia’s president-elect Prabowo Subianto’s recent visit to China–the first overseas trip since Prabowo won the election in February.

China’s Wang Meets Jokowi, Indonesian President-Elect Prabowo

China's top diplomat met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his successor, Prabowo Subianto, on Thursday as Beijing seeks to boost its regional influence. The meetings come after Prabowo visited Beijing this month where Chinese President Xi Jinping praised relations with ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Shifts Beijing’s Diplomatic Focus From Mideast Back to Asia-Pacific

After dedicating much of the first part of the week to the escalating crisis in the Middle East following Iran's missile strike against Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is now shifting his attention back to the Asia-Pacific region with a three-nation, six-day tour. ...

China +1: Apple CEO Meets Indonesia Leader to Talk Investments

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met Indonesia's president on Wednesday, as the tech giant explores ways to invest in Southeast Asia's biggest economy and diversify supply chains away from China. The visit comes as US President Joe Biden's administration seeks to ...
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