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New dynamics emerge in Indonesia-China relations

  • Dino Patti Djalal
    Dino Patti Djalal

    Former Indonesian ambassador to the US, founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI)

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28, 2020   /  11:10 am
New dynamics emerge in Indonesia-China relations Chinese coast guard ship 3303 passes the Imam Bonjol 383 warship as the Indonesian Navy pursues the Han Tan Cou fishing vessel entering Indonesia's Natuna waters on June 17. The Navy caught the China-flagged boat suspected of illegal fishing in Indonesian waters. (Antara/Photo Courtesy of The Navy's Western Region Fleet Command (Koarmabar))

If you asked me which country Indonesia had grown closest to in the last five years, my answer would be: China. Indonesia has developed many "partnerships" with other countries -- more than a dozen of them. Yet, no matter how you label them ("strategic","special, comprehensive", "21st century" etc.), Indonesia's partnership with China is perhaps the most substantial. Indonesia trades with China almost three times more than with the United States. China's investment in Indonesia has been the fastest growing compared to other major investors. The country’s investment in Indonesia in 2017 was 17 times more than its investment in 2007. Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia today outnumber American, Australian, Japanese and Russian tourists combined. There are more Indonesian students studying in China than in the US. Both sides have a...

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