Aloysius Unditu
Aloysius Unditu

Communities centred around women have existed for centuries in China, India and Indonesia, but an influx of tourists, technology and new ideas is rapidly changing their way of life.

Indonesia hopes its famous reptiles will lure Chinese tourists to the ‘super premium’ site of Labuan Bajo. Just one problem: nobody told the locals what ‘premium’ means.


China is Indonesia’s biggest trading partner and top export destination – with US$28 billion in exports last year alone. Just US$314,295 worth of live animals came the other way over the same time period, however.

After the unceremonious sacking of its CEO over a motorbike smuggling scandal, Indonesia’s flagship carrier is now facing fresh accusations of mismanagement and employee mistreatment.

Former CEO Karen Agustiawan is awaiting the outcome of her final appeal against a graft conviction, a case analysts say reflects the challenges of running state-owned enterprises.

Former Jakarta governor is named new president commissioner at oil and gas enterprise, but talk in the capital is about whether the move signals a political comeback.

Fisheries minister says move is continuation of long-standing policy laid out by President Joko Widodo, after Indonesia on Monday accused a Vietnamese coastguard patrol boat of ramming into one of its navy vessels.

Former Minister Rizal Ramli, who now advises presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto, claims that Chinese goods and workers are flooding the country. Analysts have a different take on the state of the economy


Jiangsu Lianfa Textile’s investment of at least US$350 million in a Central Java factory is sparking hopes Indonesia will play host to firms seeking to shift their production centres to avoid trade tariffs.

Domestic airlines already slashed airfares in January but a trusted minister of President Joko Widodo said it was not enough. Some analysts have criticised the government’s interference as a populist move ahead of elections.