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Jakarta Post

China's infrastructure diplomacy in Indonesia

  • Eriz Wicaksono
    Eriz Wicaksono

    Researcher at the University of Indonesia’s School of Strategic and Global Studies

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 3, 2017   /  08:50 am
China's infrastructure diplomacy in Indonesia President Joko Widodo (left) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during the welcome ceremony for the Belt and Road Forum, at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, on May 15, 2017. (AFP Photo/Roman Pilipey/Pool)

As the lack of infrastructure is seen as a bottleneck for growth, nations throughout the world have made this their primary focus. The realization that developing countries face difficulties with this and need very much support has given rise to a new kind of diplomacy — infrastructure diplomacy. Without doubt, Sino-Indonesian relations are one of the best — if not the best — case study for infrastructure diplomacy today. The former is a large economy seeking new markets, the latter a large economy with a huge infrastructure gap looking for financial support. Fortunately for a China that is seeking new markets, other developing countries, too, are in dire need of financial support. As many of these countries have turned to China to bridge their huge infrastructure gaps, China is increasingly seen as an infrastructure financer. But to limit the term to“inf...

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