Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks past his country's flag on a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo: Presidential Palace Handout via AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks past his country's flag on a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo: Presidential Palace Handout via AFP
Johannes Nugroho
Opinion

Opinion

Johannes Nugroho

How Indonesia and China can learn to get along

  • Many Indonesians are sceptical of China’s motives, thanks to decades-old prejudice and Beijing’s recent assertiveness in the South China Sea
  • Both sides have a long way to go before they reach a mutual understanding, but showing respect – or giving ‘face’ – would be a good start

Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks past his country's flag on a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo: Presidential Palace Handout via AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks past his country's flag on a navy ship during a visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo: Presidential Palace Handout via AFP
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