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Indonesia-China maritime connectivity: Impediments and prospects

  • Xue Song

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Shanghai   /   Wed, May 22, 2019   /  03:17 pm
Indonesia-China maritime connectivity: Impediments and prospects Centre for Strategic and International Studies cofounder Jusuf Wanandi (from left to right) smiles on stage while standing next to Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, former Chinese ambassador to Indonesia Lan Lijun and Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun during the opening of a seminar on the fifth anniversary of the Indonesia-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

China is cooperating with a few ASEAN countries on transportation infrastructure. These projects include the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, a railway in Southern Malaysia and the China-Thailand and China-Vietnam railway projects. China and ASEAN cooperation on physical connectivity focuses heavily on inland transportation, while maritime connectivity projects have not been given the same level of attention by China. China has made less effort with maritime connectivity projects, especially for projects in archipelagic countries. Many Indonesian observers have criticized the collaboration in the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project, citing its misplaced emphasis on inland transportation and infrastructure in Java instead of maritime connectivity between outer islands, which was declared a prioritized objective of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in his Global Marit...

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