US Defence Secretary James Mattis meets Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security and Law Wiranto after a meeting in Jakarta. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

How Indonesia keeps maritime tensions from defining its relationship with China

  • Richard Heydarian writes that as the southeast Asian nation begins to assert its interests, it could find itself at loggerheads with Beijing
  • For now, Jakarta’s default policy is to solidify the nation’s role as a balancing force among rival powers

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US Defence Secretary James Mattis meets Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security and Law Wiranto after a meeting in Jakarta. Photo: AP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"