Indonesian President Joko Widodo strolls aboard a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna Islands, which border the South China Sea, on January 8, 2020. Photo: AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo strolls aboard a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna Islands, which border the South China Sea, on January 8, 2020. Photo: AFP
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Could tensions with China threaten Indonesia’s tradition of superpower diplomacy?

  • China’s rapid ascent and the threat of a Sino-US cold war are testing Indonesia’s strategic mettle and making pragmatic balancing increasingly difficult
  • Anti-Chinese sentiment and heated domestic politics in Indonesia, combined with the Natuna Islands dispute, could push Jakarta into Washington’s embrace

Indonesian President Joko Widodo strolls aboard a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna Islands, which border the South China Sea, on January 8, 2020. Photo: AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo strolls aboard a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna Islands, which border the South China Sea, on January 8, 2020. Photo: AFP
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