Indonesia’s new defence minister, the former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. Photo: AP

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past

  • The former special forces general Prabowo Subianto is barred from the US due to claims he was involved in rights abuses during the Suharto era
  • But with China and Russia ready to do business with him, the US may have to balance his chequered past with his new-found importance
Topic |   Human rights

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Indonesia’s new defence minister, the former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. Photo: AP
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Amy Chew

Amy Chew

Amy Chew is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur who has covered regime change in Asia and parts of the Middle East, giving her a unique insight into the economic, social and political factors that reshapes society.