Indonesians at a campaign rally on the resort island of Bali on March 26. Photo: AFP
Dewi Fortuna Anwar
Opinion

Opinion

Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Indonesia election: Widodo has courted Chinese cash. He’s about to find out the cost

  • Critics accuse President Joko Widodo of not protecting the country’s national interests in his drive to attract foreign investment from Beijing
  • Amid an increasingly charged political climate, anti-Chinese sentiment could be manipulated for political purposes, as it has been in the past

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Indonesians at a campaign rally on the resort island of Bali on March 26. Photo: AFP
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Misinformation campaigns have been used since the 2014 election, when President Joko Widodo was a regular target of unsubstantiated claims that he was anti-Islam, a communist and of Chinese descent. Photo: Reuters

Is China helping Indonesia fix its ballot boxes? No – it’s just another online hoax before the election

  • Indonesia’s 150 million internet users are frequently exposed to rumours and unsubstantiated claims in the run up to the April 17 polls
  • The spread of such hoaxes has been exacerbated by poor digital literacy, growing religious and racial intolerance, and lingering anti-China sentiment
Topic |   Indonesia

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Misinformation campaigns have been used since the 2014 election, when President Joko Widodo was a regular target of unsubstantiated claims that he was anti-Islam, a communist and of Chinese descent. Photo: Reuters
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