Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s former foreign minister, in 2013. Photo: AFP

Indonesia ‘a friend to all’ and won’t play favourites with US and China, says former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa

  • China has been Indonesia’s largest trading partner since 2017, when it leapfrogged the US, and is also one of the country’s biggest investors
  • But Jakarta’s ties with Washington remain important, both as a military ally and in countering extremism
Topic |   Indonesia

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Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s former foreign minister, in 2013. Photo: AFP
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Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clash with riot police in Jakarta in May. Photo: AP

What’s driving Indonesian paranoia over Chinese workers?

  • The number of Chinese workers in Indonesia is tiny, yet they are often the target of fake news – as in the post-election riots that killed 8 people in Jakarta
  • This distrust is rooted in history, culture and colonialism
Topic |   Chinese overseas

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Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clash with riot police in Jakarta in May. Photo: AP
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