With parts of Jakarta sinking at an alarming rate, the result of land subsidence and rising sea levels, the government is looking for an alternative seat of power. Photo: EPA With parts of Jakarta sinking at an alarming rate, the result of land subsidence and rising sea levels, the government is looking for an alternative seat of power. Photo: EPA
With parts of Jakarta sinking at an alarming rate, the result of land subsidence and rising sea levels, the government is looking for an alternative seat of power. Photo: EPA
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

As Indonesia eyes a new capital city, ancient China’s shifting seats of government can offer inspiration

The island nation is considering relocating governance from a sinking Jakarta. In China, the capital city shifted north, south, east and west according to a variety of factors

With parts of Jakarta sinking at an alarming rate, the result of land subsidence and rising sea levels, the government is looking for an alternative seat of power. Photo: EPA With parts of Jakarta sinking at an alarming rate, the result of land subsidence and rising sea levels, the government is looking for an alternative seat of power. Photo: EPA
With parts of Jakarta sinking at an alarming rate, the result of land subsidence and rising sea levels, the government is looking for an alternative seat of power. Photo: EPA
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.