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Indonesia, Cambodia on course for new shape of relationship

  • Hor Nam Bora

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 3 2019   /  02:14 am

As Cambodia and Indonesia mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year, the two countries will together explore new possibilities to unlock the potential for shared interests and to further deepen their friendship and cooperation.

With a population of 259 million people, Indonesia accounts for about 41 percent of Southeast Asia’s total population of 635 million. Its gross domestic product (GDP) stood at US$932 billion in 2016, or 39 percent of Southeast Asia’s GDP.

Indonesia occupies a strategic location that links the Indian Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Since the resignation of president Soeharto in 1998 amid an economic crisis, democracy has taken root in Indonesia. Four general elections and three direct presidential elections have been conducted without violence since 1999, and the upcoming elections for the president and the national assembly...