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New dynamics emerge in Indonesia-China relations

  • Dino Patti Djalal

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28 2020   /  01:36 am

Which country has Indonesia grown closest to in the last five years? My answer would be: China.Indonesia's partnership with China is perhaps the most substantial compared to that with other countries.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 outnumber American, Australian, Japanese and Russian tourists combined. More Indonesian students are studying in China than in the US. Both sides have announced that Indonesia's Global Maritime Fulcrum (GMF) and China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are compatible. Jakarta supports the BRI (with certain terms) and Beijing supports GMF without qualification. Indonesia-China relations invol...