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Indonesian-Dutch ties: Make peace with history

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /  12:34 pm
Indonesian-Dutch ties: Make peace with history The queen and I: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo receives Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in her capacity as United Nations secretary-general special advocate for financial inclusion in February 2015. Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are visiting Indonesia and are scheduled to meet the President on Tuesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

We welcome the king and queen of the Netherlands who are visiting Indonesia from Monday to Friday. Their entourage includes four Cabinet ministers and 130 businesspeople. Clearly, the state visit also aims to promote business relationships between the two countries. There are, however, individuals in Indonesia who oppose the state visit, demanding that the Netherlands should first recognize Aug. 17, 1945, as the date Indonesia proclaimed its independence from its colonial rule. The Dutch believe that transfer of sovereignty took place on Dec. 27, 1949. Given the proclamation of independence, Indonesians view the Dutch military assault on a number of regions in Java in 1947 and 1948 as military aggression, while the Dutch consider them police actions on their own territory. As things stand it would be impossible to make the Netherlands acknowledge that Indonesia became independent o...

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