Workers reinforce steel for a section of the China-financed Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. Photo: Reuters
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
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Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Indonesia could be Beijing’s best belt and road friend

  • Indonesia needs Chinese investment to close its gaping infrastructure gap so that development can be distributed equally across the archipelago
  • But China also needs Indonesia to reach its economic goals overseas, say Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita

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Workers reinforce steel for a section of the China-financed Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. Photo: Reuters
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo. Photo: AFP
Hui Yew-Foong
Opinion

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Asian Angle by Hui Yew-Foong

As belt and road investments flow into Indonesia, Chinese firms must learn to navigate culture shock

  • The Indonesian business operating environment is vastly different from China’s rigidly hierarchical one
  • Mainland investors, especially those looking to tap into Indonesia’s 269-million-strong consumer market, must overcome cultural differences to succeed in the country

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo. Photo: AFP
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