Tag: Indonesia

Understanding Indonesia’s Rejection of Anti-BRI Scare Tactics

Indonesia’s elections are over and incumbent President Joko Widodo has declared victory over opponent Prabowo Subianto. Throughout the election period, Subianto issued statements critical of Chinese investments in the country. Far from offering a realistic economic alternative, Subianto simply rallied his supporters towards an ultra-nationalist agenda that included elements of […]

ASEAN’s Gradualist Approach is Far Superior to APEC’s Untenable Grandiosity and Its “White Man’s Veto”

This month has seen the customary end-of-year ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) conference followed by the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference with the former being held in Singapore and the latter being held in Papua New Guinea. This year, while the ASEAN conference did not formally finalise the creation […]

The World Comes to Singapore For ASEAN Summit – Thus Demonstrating That ASEAN is World’s Most Dynamic Multilateral Body

This week welcomes the end of year ASEAN summit of world leaders and dignitaries held in Singapore. In addition to ASEAN heads of state, attendees at the November ASEAN meeting will include Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian […]

The Handshake That Changed The World: Duterte and Xi’s Healthy Relations Have Led to The First ASEAN-Chinese Joint Military Exercises

The importance of a single moment in history is not always immediately clear directly after it has occurred. Sometimes it takes months or even years for the significance of any particular event to be realised. But in the case of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China in October of […]

Duterte Calls For a Pan-ASEAN Response to Indonesia’s Tragic Earthquake

The Philippines is no stranger to tragic natural disasters but by any standard, the recent earthquake in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi which claimed the lives of over 2,000 people is a disaster on a mass scale. The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the strengthening of cooperation mechanisms throughout the Association […]