Indonesia-China Relations: To Be Handled With Care
Anwar, Dewi Fortuna | March 2019
Jakarta-Beijing relations have always been complicated since diplomatic ties were first established in 1950, and more than with any other country, relations with China to a lesser or greater degree continue to impinge on domestic affairs, due among other reasons to the significant influence of Chinese-Indonesians. Domestic dynamics tend to serve as the primary drivers of Indonesia’s foreign policy, and currently both elite and public opinions are divided over the rise of China, which is seen as both a threat and an opportunity. The increasingly close economic relations between Indonesia and China, particularly under President Joko Widodo, have come under growing domestic criticism, and are in the run-up to the April 2019 presidential election also becoming more politicised.
CitationAnwar, Dewi Fortuna. 2019. Indonesia-China Relations: To Be Handled With Care. © ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/9987.
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