Resty Woro Yuniar

Resty Woro Yuniar

Resty Woro Yuniar is a Jakarta-based reporter who covers Indonesian current affairs and Southeast Asia's tech scene. She was previously Indonesia correspondent at the BBC and tech reporter with The Wall Street Journal

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Singapore, Indonesia sign landmark agreements on extradition, defence and airspace

Jakarta will control airspace above the Natuna Sea and be free to repatriate wealthy fugitives, while Singapore’s armed forces will be able to train in Indonesia.

Jakarta will control airspace above the Natuna Sea and be free to repatriate wealthy fugitives, while Singapore’s armed forces will be able to train in Indonesia.

25 Jan 2022 - 6:18PM
From Syahrini’s NFTs to Axie Infinity, Southeast Asia is waking up to the metaverse

Indonesia is showing strong appetite to developing virtual initiatives as tech giants such as Facebook eye building their own metaverses in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia is showing strong appetite to developing virtual initiatives as tech giants such as Facebook eye building their own metaverses in Southeast Asia.

23 Jan 2022 - 12:00PM
As Indonesia names its new US$34 billion capital ‘Nusantara’, historically minded critics say it’s ‘hard to see the idea’

The name, meaning ‘archipelago’ was chosen by President Widodo to underline diversity, but some point out it also has links to a once all-conquering empire.

The name, meaning ‘archipelago’ was chosen by President Widodo to underline diversity, but some point out it also has links to a once all-conquering empire.

20 Jan 2022 - 3:32PM
Has Singapore’s badminton champion Loh Kean Yew cracked the code to Indonesian hearts?

An Indonesian tycoon’s US$150,000 donation to 24-year-old Loh underscores his rising popularity in a nation that boasts its own top players.

An Indonesian tycoon’s US$150,000 donation to 24-year-old Loh underscores his rising popularity in a nation that boasts its own top players.

14 Jan 2022 - 5:02PM
Explainer | Indonesia’s land and maritime border disputes with Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam

Indonesia’s top diplomat has put land and maritime boundary talks with the country’s Asean neighbours high on her agenda again this year.

Indonesia’s top diplomat has put land and maritime boundary talks with the country’s Asean neighbours high on her agenda again this year.

12 Jan 2022 - 8:45AM
Indonesia’s huge China-backed ‘green’ industrial estate raises deforestation, environment fears

The US$132 billion project in North Kalimantan promises to spur Indonesia’s ‘economic transformation’, the president says, but activists fear the environmental impacts of the hydroelectric dams being built to power it.

The US$132 billion project in North Kalimantan promises to spur Indonesia’s ‘economic transformation’, the president says, but activists fear the environmental impacts of the hydroelectric dams being built to power it.

8 Jan 2022 - 11:34PM
Japan asks Indonesia to revoke coal export ban as China, South Korea shrug off supply worries for now

China’s largest overseas supplier of coal is set to review an export suspension brought about by a shortfall in local stockpiles. Power outages would pose a political challenge for Indonesia’s leader Jokowi.

China’s largest overseas supplier of coal is set to review an export suspension brought about by a shortfall in local stockpiles. Power outages would pose a political challenge for Indonesia’s leader Jokowi.

6 Jan 2022 - 8:30AM
Will Indonesia’s Bali be able to rival Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand in medical tourism?

Jokowi hopes the Bali International Hospital will be able to reverse US$7 billion from being spent annually by Indonesians seeking medical treatment overseas.

Jokowi hopes the Bali International Hospital will be able to reverse US$7 billion from being spent annually by Indonesians seeking medical treatment overseas.

3 Jan 2022 - 9:42AM
Indonesia’s festive tradition? Arguing if Muslims can say ‘merry Christmas’ or not

The debate seems to re-emerge every year in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Analysts say it shows how deep-rooted identity politics have become in Indonesian society.

The debate seems to re-emerge every year in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Analysts say it shows how deep-rooted identity politics have become in Indonesian society.

23 Dec 2021 - 4:00PM
Binance’s regulatory setback in Singapore spurs shift in focus to Indonesia, Middle East

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange will wind down operations in the city-state. As some Asian governments try to balance regulation and investment, Dubai is ramping up plans to be a hub for virtual assets.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange will wind down operations in the city-state. As some Asian governments try to balance regulation and investment, Dubai is ramping up plans to be a hub for virtual assets.

23 Dec 2021 - 9:31AM
Sex crimes at Islamic schools under spotlight as Indonesia mulls tougher laws

Rape cases have in the past months been dominating Indonesian headlines, including incidents at Islamic boarding schools, or pesantren.

Rape cases have in the past months been dominating Indonesian headlines, including incidents at Islamic boarding schools, or pesantren.

17 Dec 2021 - 9:36AM
Blinken takes aim at China’s ‘aggressive actions’, says US protecting all countries’ rights in Indonesia speech

The United States’ top diplomat accused Beijing of distorting open markets, claiming open seas for its own and wielding trade as a weapon in a speech at the University of Indonesia.

The United States’ top diplomat accused Beijing of distorting open markets, claiming open seas for its own and wielding trade as a weapon in a speech at the University of Indonesia.

14 Dec 2021 - 3:59PM
US seeks closer ties with ‘key player’ Indonesia as Blinken set to make Indo-Pacific speech

The US Secretary of State’s trip coincides with a visit to Jakarta by Russian leader Putin’s National Security Adviser.

The US Secretary of State’s trip coincides with a visit to Jakarta by Russian leader Putin’s National Security Adviser.

13 Dec 2021 - 10:30PM
As Blinken visits, who in Southeast Asia will answer US call for cyber, space cooperation?

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken kicks off his maiden Southeast Asia tour on Monday amid a push to strengthen military partnerships with the region in new frontiers of competition with China.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken kicks off his maiden Southeast Asia tour on Monday amid a push to strengthen military partnerships with the region in new frontiers of competition with China.

13 Dec 2021 - 9:14AM
Indonesian woman’s death after alleged rape and abortion fuels calls for tough laws against sexual violence, police reform

#JusticeForNoviaWidyasari has been trending after a 23-year-old was found dead. She was allegedly raped by her police officer boyfriend, but the authorities came under fire for contradicting her claim, highlighting dwindling public trust towards them.

#JusticeForNoviaWidyasari has been trending after a 23-year-old was found dead. She was allegedly raped by her police officer boyfriend, but the authorities came under fire for contradicting her claim, highlighting dwindling public trust towards them.

7 Dec 2021 - 9:42PM
South China Sea: Indonesia pledges to develop resource-rich Natuna Islands to secure maritime borders, boost unity

Leaders from Jakarta have pledged to develop the resource-rich Natuna Islands, to promote unity and fend off overlapping border claims from Vietnam and China. Indonesia lost two islands to Malaysia under an International Court of Justice decision in 2002.

Leaders from Jakarta have pledged to develop the resource-rich Natuna Islands, to promote unity and fend off overlapping border claims from Vietnam and China. Indonesia lost two islands to Malaysia under an International Court of Justice decision in 2002.

25 Nov 2021 - 11:22AM
‘They’re just like us’: Indonesia’s white-skin obsession in the spotlight as Jokowi calls for end to ‘inlander mentality’

Despite 76 years of independence, many Indonesians still view lighter-skinned Westerners as superior, President Joko Widodo said in a recent speech – an inferiority complex observers say other former colonies in Asia share.

Despite 76 years of independence, many Indonesians still view lighter-skinned Westerners as superior, President Joko Widodo said in a recent speech – an inferiority complex observers say other former colonies in Asia share.

21 Nov 2021 - 3:51PM
Asian shoppers unwrap Singles’ Day spoils, leaving US consumers to bear brunt of supply chain woes

Americans have to wait months for goods from China, but a Singles’ Day mega-shopper in Singapore who bought 191 items has received most of their packages already.

Americans have to wait months for goods from China, but a Singles’ Day mega-shopper in Singapore who bought 191 items has received most of their packages already.

22 Nov 2021 - 10:50AM
Shadow puppetry, known as wayang kulit, becomes latest controversy in Indonesia-Malaysia cultural heritage dispute

The sportswear giant’s latest shoe collection is supposed to ‘celebrate cultural heritage’. Instead it has prompted a row over the origins of the art form.

The sportswear giant’s latest shoe collection is supposed to ‘celebrate cultural heritage’. Instead it has prompted a row over the origins of the art form.

17 Nov 2021 - 10:04AM
Entrepreneurs seek a plant-based slice of Southeast Asia’s US$600 billion pie

A “shift in perceptions” accelerated by the pandemic, has seen a growing awareness of the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

A “shift in perceptions” accelerated by the pandemic, has seen a growing awareness of the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

15 Nov 2021 - 12:27PM
As Indonesia wavers on deforestation pledge, young climate activists demand action

Southeast Asia’s largest economy has long struggled between development and conservation – preferring ‘sustainable forest management’ to zero deforestation.

Southeast Asia’s largest economy has long struggled between development and conservation – preferring ‘sustainable forest management’ to zero deforestation.

14 Nov 2021 - 11:27AM
Sukmawati, daughter of Indonesia’s Sukarno gives up Islam, embraces Hinduism in conversion ‘with no obstacles’

The move by Sukmawati Sukarnoputri would be considered blasphemous in other Muslim-majority nations.

The move by Sukmawati Sukarnoputri would be considered blasphemous in other Muslim-majority nations.

28 Oct 2021 - 7:20AM
Victims of Indonesia’s 1965 communist killings tell UK to tell truth about its role in genocide and anti-Chinese propaganda

Declassified documents reveal a shadowy UK propaganda unit helped fuel the anti-communist massacre that followed the failed coup of September 30, 1965, and led to the rise of the dictator Suharto.

Declassified documents reveal a shadowy UK propaganda unit helped fuel the anti-communist massacre that followed the failed coup of September 30, 1965, and led to the rise of the dictator Suharto.

23 Oct 2021 - 9:31PM
Singapore’s solar power link from Australia spurs call for Indonesia to press on with green goals

Harnessing solar power is key to Indonesia meeting its green goals, with analysts saying Southeast Asia’s largest economy could also export renewable energy. But it’ll need reforms and to give up on its ‘addiction’ to coal.

Harnessing solar power is key to Indonesia meeting its green goals, with analysts saying Southeast Asia’s largest economy could also export renewable energy. But it’ll need reforms and to give up on its ‘addiction’ to coal.

15 Oct 2021 - 9:19PM
Bisexual Superman comic ruffles feathers in Muslim-majority Indonesia

Religious, political and child welfare groups have reacted angrily to the plot twist, calling for boycotts and even arrests.

Religious, political and child welfare groups have reacted angrily to the plot twist, calling for boycotts and even arrests.

14 Oct 2021 - 9:06PM
Indonesia’s iconic Indomie is beloved by millions, from students in Europe to prisoners in Australia

Expressions of love by fans include rap songs and Indomie-scented candles, while Indomie is the prison food of choice in Victoria, Australia.

Expressions of love by fans include rap songs and Indomie-scented candles, while Indomie is the prison food of choice in Victoria, Australia.

12 Oct 2021 - 6:19PM
Jeff Bezos isn’t the only billionaire eyeing Indonesia’s US$44 billion digital economy

Japan’s Masayoshi Son and Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures have also funded start-ups in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Japan’s Masayoshi Son and Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures have also funded start-ups in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

7 Oct 2021 - 9:52PM
Larger than life: will billboards help decide Indonesia’s next president?

Puan Maharani and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, both scions of political dynasties, are among the potential candidates in the 2024 election whose visages have been plastered on billboards across the country.

Puan Maharani and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, both scions of political dynasties, are among the potential candidates in the 2024 election whose visages have been plastered on billboards across the country.

3 Oct 2021 - 12:00PM
Aukus won’t spark Asian arms race: US Ambassador to Indonesia

Envoy Sung Kim responds to regional concerns over the US-UK-Australia nuclear submarine pact, saying it is ‘not directed at any particular country’.

Envoy Sung Kim responds to regional concerns over the US-UK-Australia nuclear submarine pact, saying it is ‘not directed at any particular country’.

30 Sep 2021 - 12:17AM
Indonesia’s plan to build mega railway with China and Japan raises debt trap fears

The proposed Jakarta-Bandung-Surabaya railway project could lead to a debt trap, analysts say, while Indonesia’s ties with long-time investor Japan could also weaken.

The proposed Jakarta-Bandung-Surabaya railway project could lead to a debt trap, analysts say, while Indonesia’s ties with long-time investor Japan could also weaken.

25 Sep 2021 - 4:58PM