Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s new Defence Minister. Photo: Reuters

Should China be concerned about Indonesia’s new defence minister, Prabowo Subianto?

  • Prabowo, a former general, was suspected of playing a role in the May 1998 riots that targeted Chinese Indonesians
  • His ambivalence towards China will continue but he cannot turn back the clock on Indonesia’s growing security ties with its neighbour to the north
Topic |   Indonesia

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Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s new Defence Minister. Photo: Reuters
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP

Jokowi’s Javanese power play has Prabowo in face-off with an old army nemesis

  • President raised eyebrows by naming his rival as defence minister, but he also appointed Fachrul Razi – who dismissed Prabowo from the army 21 years ago
  • Analysts say Fachrul’s appointment as religious affairs minister reflects the security aspect of his role, as the country grapples with rising radicalism
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
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