Archive for the ‘Indonesia’ Category

Why Many Indonesians Think Jokowi Fumbled Chinese High-Speed Rail Diplomacy, Even As It Nears Completion

Via China Global South, commentary on why many Indonesians think Jokowi fumbled Chinese high-speed rail diplomacy: The China-backed high-speed train that runs from Jakarta to Bandung, two main cities in Indonesia, is nearing completion, and is slated to begin serving the public in August this year. But after about a decade of planning and construction, […]

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Nusantara: Building A New “Green” Capital From The Ground Up

Indonesia is attempting to build a green, walkable city from scratch. It’s a big, bold idea championed by Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo and motivated, in part, by the fact that the capital Jakarta is sinking. And yet only 15 months before Widodo’s deadline to inaugurate the nation’s replacement capital, bulldozers are still clearing acres of […]

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Indonesia’s EV Dream Crashing Into A Lack of Lithium

Via The Asia Times, an article on how Indonesia is importing a fraction of the lithium needed to crank up EV battery production with no clear new source in sight: Delivering a speech on the sidelines of last year’s G20 Summit, President Joko Widodo pointed to lithium as the one crucial element Indonesia still needed […]

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How Big is China’s Footprint in Southeast Asia’s Telecom Sector?

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on the extent to which Southeast Asia’s governments are willing to engage with Chinese firms, and the risks they perceive in doing so, vary widely: Because telecommunications play a pivotal role in the collection and transmission of information, geopolitics and national security are often inseparable from more mundane commercial […]

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The Geopolitics of Technology in Indonesia

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at the geopolitics of technology in Indonesia, where there are signs of sharpening strategic competition in technology-intensive sectors such as battery manufacturing, clean energy, and data centers: When we think of tech in Indonesia, the first thing that usually comes to mind are homegrown unicorns like GoTo and Traveloka, […]

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19 Countries Express Interest in Joining BRICS

Courtesy of RANE Worldview, a report on growing interest amongst countries to join BRICS: What Happened: South Africa’s ambassador to BRICS (the informal bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) said 19 countries had expressed an interest in joining the bloc, which will meet in Cape Town on June 2-3 to discuss enlargement, […]

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