Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: AP

Indonesia’s Widodo stands by direct presidential elections but power brokers have other ideas

  • Proposed constitutional changes would empower upper house of parliament to elect the country’s leader, echoing the system of the Suharto era
  • Widodo has sought to dissuade lawmakers from such changes but his own party supports a review and others are poised to follow suit
Topic |   Joko Widodo

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: AP
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Ethnic Chinese protest during the Indonesian National Revolution. Photo: from an album named ‘Chinese Atrocities’, box 19, folder 11, Niels A. Douwes Dekker Papers, No 3480, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

Migration, identity and revolution: how the Chinese shaped Indonesia

  • Historian Zhou Taomo in her new book looks at the complex ties between China and Indonesia in the cold war
  • Zhou argues that migration and activism by ethnic Chinese were major forces moulding relations between Beijing and Jakarta. Here are some excerpts:
Topic |   Indonesia

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Ethnic Chinese protest during the Indonesian National Revolution. Photo: from an album named ‘Chinese Atrocities’, box 19, folder 11, Niels A. Douwes Dekker Papers, No 3480, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
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