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Unlocking Foreign Investment the Key to Driving Widodo's Economic Ambitions
Starting a second term in office, Joko Widodo aims to lay the foundations for Indonesia to become one of the world’s biggest economies by the middle of the century. His dreams hinge on attracting more investment. But as Donald Greenlees writes in the first of two articles on Widodo’s agenda for the new term, attracting sceptical investors will require deep and politically difficult reform, and perhaps a change of mindset.
Reaping the Potential in Australia-Vietnam Relations Means Tough Choices on Both Sides
Improved Canberra-Hanoi ties requires commitment and tough choices on both sides.
Xi’s HK Dilemma: Coercion or Compromise
The Hong Kong protests have Xi Jinping in a bind. For all the talk of China’s power and the power of the president-for-life within China, he has faced no good choices in the Hong Kong crisis. Whatever the outcome, whatever action Xi takes to try to end a standoff now entering its fourth month, China looks like suffering a significant loss.
Hong Kong Protests: Why the West Can't Avoid a Clash with China
Events in Hong Kong in the past days underscore the risk of pro-democracy protests triggering a spiral of violence. As protesters and police clashed again, an ugly new element emerged. White-shirted pro-Beijing thugs were captured on video at a commuter station beating activists returning home. As Donald Greenlees writes, Western governments, including Australia, will find it increasingly hard to stay on the sidelines of this bitter fight for Hong Kong's future as the Special Administrative Region counts down to the end of China's 'one country, two systems' guarantee in 2047.
Russia Sanctions Putting Strain on US Relationship with Indonesia
For months, the biggest subject of cable traffic back home from the Indonesian embassy in Washington was a US law placing sanctions on any country that breached comprehensive US sanctions on Russia.