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Sino-Indonesian Relations: Getting Closer or Further Apart?
China’s trade and investment in Indonesia have grown substantially since the early 2000s but the Indonesian public does not share Jakarta’s desire to wholeheartedly embrace Beijing, write Siwage Dharma Negara and Leo Suryadinata.
Hard Choices in Indonesia's Presidential Race
The jostling for Indonesia's 2024 presidential election has begun, putting a tough choice in front of the biggest political party in parliament, writes Made Supriatama.
The Challenge of Identity in Modern Asia
Tensions between traditional values and the aspirations of a growing middle class for social modernity is a feature of many Asian societies. In these articles, two leading scholars of Indonesia and Singapore, Max Lane and Michael Barr, explore the challenge from two angles - controversies over pressure for jilbab use in state schools in Indonesia and the rights of the LGBTQI community in Singapore.
Indonesia’s 2024 elections: Party elite interest versus mass popularity
Indonesia's major political parties have started jostling for position for the 2024 elections, where, as Burhanuddin Muhtadi writes, party incumbency may be forced to give way to the people's demands for the most popular choice.
Can Indonesia provide much-needed leadership in ASEAN?
Indonesia's various moves on the foreign policy front suggest that it is preparing for a robust role as ASEAN Chair when it takes over the regional grouping's leadership in 2023. However, as Joanne Lin writes, its ambitious ideas for revitalising ASEAN will meet headwinds regionally and globally.