China Vs. Indonesia: Intra-Asian Power Games – The Globalist

Indonesia’s engagement in pushing back against China’s maritime claims is a significant point of departure for the country. All the more so as it had long avoided the sea issue because it had no island disputes with China.

But by pushing its fishing boats so far from its shores, China has aroused the political will of Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest and potentially most anti-Chinese nation.

That this is happening at a time when the gloss is coming off China’s Belt and Road Initiative should give the Chinese reason for pause. Its constant attempt to put pecuniary lures before its maritime neighbors may not do the trick.
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