Indonesian perceptions of the rise of China: dare you, dare you not

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The fall of Suharto's regime brought substantial changes in relations between Indonesia and China, and unleashed diverse perceptions of China. Reasons for these changes include the changing nature of Indonesian politics, Indonesia's position in between the US and China, and the direct results of China's policy and behaviour. In turn, sectors of Indonesian society, Indonesian business communities and the government have reacted differently and at different times to China and its growing influence. This article explores the inherent variability of Indonesia's relationship with China over the last fifteen years, which has emanated from different perceptions of Indonesian stakeholders toward China's rise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-405
Number of pages15
JournalPacific Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


  • Indonesia-China relations


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