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Opinion | Is Indonesia moving towards Japan and away from China? Just follow the railway tracks

The cost of China’s section of the venture and negative local sentiment towards Beijing all play a part, as do confrontations in the Natuna Sea.

The cost of China’s section of the venture and negative local sentiment towards Beijing all play a part, as do confrontations in the Natuna Sea.

9 Jul 2020 - 6:12PM
Asian Angle | Coronavirus: Covid-19 could live on in Indonesia long after world recovers

The country’s remote, isolated islands offer a perfect hiding spot for the coronavirus to fester if the Jokowi government fails to act swiftly enough.

The country’s remote, isolated islands offer a perfect hiding spot for the coronavirus to fester if the Jokowi government fails to act swiftly enough.

22 Mar 2020 - 1:06PM
Opinion | Fears of drug abuse aside, Indonesia should give medical marijuana more thought

The government’s careful attitude towards cannabis is not wrong. But it should be flexible to consider if marijuana can meet the medical needs of Indonesians.

The government’s careful attitude towards cannabis is not wrong. But it should be flexible to consider if marijuana can meet the medical needs of Indonesians.

8 Mar 2020 - 5:00PM
Opinion | Can Indonesians trust Jokowi’s government in the coronavirus crisis?

Now that there are two confirmed cases, Indonesia needs to ensure its agencies are on the same page, follow WHO recommendations and improve transparency to prevent the epidemic from escalating.

Now that there are two confirmed cases, Indonesia needs to ensure its agencies are on the same page, follow WHO recommendations and improve transparency to prevent the epidemic from escalating.

4 Mar 2020 - 5:15PM
Opinion | No coronavirus, but Indonesia’s handling of Wuhan evacuees highlights erosion of trust

Jakarta put 238 of its citizens evacuated from Wuhan into quarantine on the Natuna Islands without telling local authorities or residents it was making the move.

Jakarta put 238 of its citizens evacuated from Wuhan into quarantine on the Natuna Islands without telling local authorities or residents it was making the move.

19 Feb 2020 - 5:35PM
Opinion | To feed a hungry nation, Indonesia can follow China’s blueprint

Despite seeing solid economic growth over the past decade, Indonesia still cannot meet the food needs of nearly 20 million people.

Despite seeing solid economic growth over the past decade, Indonesia still cannot meet the food needs of nearly 20 million people.

11 Feb 2020 - 10:34AM
Opinion | China could be key partner in lifting Indonesia’s pharmaceutical industry

Indonesia’s health care system has flourished because of reforms, but the country’s pharmaceuticals sector faces a price squeeze because of the high cost of raw materials.

Indonesia’s health care system has flourished because of reforms, but the country’s pharmaceuticals sector faces a price squeeze because of the high cost of raw materials.

3 Feb 2020 - 10:09AM
Opinion | As Indonesia stands up to China in the Natuna islands, can Japan come to the rescue?

Indonesia recently forced Chinese fishing vessels from its Natuna islands, as it strengthened relations with Japan. But how will these closer Japanese ties help Indonesia face off against China?

Indonesia recently forced Chinese fishing vessels from its Natuna islands, as it strengthened relations with Japan. But how will these closer Japanese ties help Indonesia face off against China?

17 Jan 2020 - 10:12AM
Opinion | Indonesia’s pre-social media laws are no match for animal traffickers

In just one year, WWF Indonesia identified 2,500 adverts on Facebook and 2,207 ads on Instagram that were selling either animals or their body parts.

In just one year, WWF Indonesia identified 2,500 adverts on Facebook and 2,207 ads on Instagram that were selling either animals or their body parts.

17 Sep 2019 - 3:44PM
Opinion | Indonesia could be Beijing’s best belt and road friend

With a blossoming economy and strategic location, the archipelago has much to offer Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plan to grow global trade.

With a blossoming economy and strategic location, the archipelago has much to offer Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plan to grow global trade.

15 May 2019 - 2:51PM