Jakarta – Indonesia's biggest palm oil association GAPKI on Wednesday shrugged off a new government policy requiring exporters of the vegetable oil to gain approval for their shipments
Foreign Affairs & Trade
January 19, 2022
January 17, 2022
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is adamant about stopping the exports of raw materials – a practice which can be traced back to the Dutch colonial era – i
January 13, 2022
Ian Storey – Indonesia plans to convene a meeting with some of its ASEAN colleagues to discuss the South China Sea. The idea is not new, but this time it might just work.
January 11, 2022
In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (10 Jan 2022), It was reported that Defence Minister Peter Dutton said that his focus was on "prevailing peace" in the region, and that
January 10, 2022
Jakarta – While promoting Indonesia's strong commitment to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and to ASEAN as a leading force in region, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi refrained
January 7, 2022
Jakarta – The House of Representatives should speed up the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that came into force last week otherwise Indonesia will
January 6, 2022
Jakarta – Japan's ambassador to Indonesia has called on Jakarta to end its recent ban on coal exports, which he said has had a "serious impact" on the world's third-biggest economy.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia's top diplomat recently revealed the country's plans to place health diplomacy amongst its priorities as it enters 2022, in a bid to promote an i
December 31, 2021
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – In less than 24 hours, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – also known as the RCEP – will enter into force.
December 28, 2021
Jakarta – What has been Indonesia's biggest achievement in foreign affairs in 2021? The answer will likely be getting the G20 presidency for 2022.
December 24, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia once again reaffirmed its unwavering stance on the Palestine.
December 23, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia's exports this year could reach between US$225 billion to US$230 billion, the biggest on record for Southeast Asia's largest economy, the country's trade minister sa
December 17, 2021
Jakarta – The Patimban seaport in the West Java town of Subang reached a new milestone on Friday by delivering its first major export shipment comprising 1,209 cars to the Philippines.
December 14, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is hoping that the Generalized System of Preferences will remain in place in the bilateral trade with the US for coming years, Forei
December 7, 2021
Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – Indonesia is ranked 9th most powerful country out of the 26 countries, according to the Lowy Institute's 2021 Asia Power Index with a score of 19.4 out of
December 3, 2021
Papua New Guinea's government has been urged by a prominent MP to develop a stronger policy on West Papua.
December 1, 2021
Tom Allard, Kate Lamb and Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Sydney, Australia – China told Indonesia to stop drilling for oil and natural gas in maritime territory that both countries regard as t
November 29, 2021
Graye Morkel – Indonesia has withdrawn participation from the 70th edition of Miss Universe in Israel on 12 December.
November 26, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia and the European Union are normally close partners on many fronts, but this time around they are suing each other for "unfair trade practices" at the World Trade Org
November 23, 2021
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has said his country understands the reasons behind the United States, Australia and Britain establishing the AUKUS security agree
Jakarta – In the view of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, it does not always have to be about military posturing, playing one superpower off another or having the armed forces scurryi
November 22, 2021
Chris Barrett, Singapore – Indonesia Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has revealed a pragmatism in Jakarta about Australia's nuclear-powered submarine ambitions, saying he understands
November 17, 2021
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave a noken, or a traditional Papuan woven bag, to New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Nanaia Mahuta during her visit to the Merdeka Palace in Ja
November 15, 2021
Arnoldus Kristianus, Herman, Jakarta – Indonesia's export value hit an all-time high in October 2021, according to the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS on Monday.
November 14, 2021
Steve Alston, London – On Nov. 11, the UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, visited Indonesia during a week-long trip to Southeast Asia.
November 11, 2021
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The UK is seeking to deepen ties with Indonesia on trade, investment, and maritime security, among others, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced du
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at the Jakarta Merdeka Palace today, November 11.
November 10, 2021
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore – Less than 48 hours after saying it would suspend joint maritime patrols with Australia over the destruction of Indonesian vessels fishing i
November 7, 2021
November 2, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Glasgow – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his US counterpart Joe Biden called on the Myanmar military to end violence and restore democracy when both leaders met dur
October 25, 2021
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo swore in 17 new envoys at the Presidential Palace on Monday, filling various strategic posts that were previously left vacant eve
October 15, 2021
Gayatri Suroyo and Fransiska Nangoy, Jakarta – Indonesia's September trade surplus was larger than expected as exports surged on the back of booming commodity prices, government data sh
October 13, 2021
Muhammad Waffaa Kharisma – In recent weeks, few issues have triggered as much debate on the future of the Indo-Pacific as the unveiling of the AUKUS trilateral security partnership.
September 30, 2021
Jakarta – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has only just ended.
September 17, 2021
Chris Barrett, Singapore – Australia's plan to arm itself with a fleet of nuclear-propelled submarines to combat the rising threat of China has been met with alarm by near neighbour Ind
September 16, 2021
Adam Leong Kok Wey – On August 31, Malaysia celebrated its 64th Hari Merdeka (Independence Day), albeit in muted form due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
September 15, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia's exports hit a record high of US$21.42 billion in August, boosted by surging commodity shipments, helping Southeast Asia's biggest economy post its largest ever mon
September 10, 2021
Sebastian Strangio – Indonesia and Australia have taken an important step toward the deepening of their bilateral security relations, signing new agreements on counterterrorism, defense
September 9, 2021
Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton are attending the seventh Indonesia-Australia Foreign and Defense Ministers 2+2 dialog in Jakarta
September 6, 2021
Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The framework of the local currency settlement, or LCS, between Indonesia and China officially came into effect, thus increasing the
September 2, 2021
Yuji Mizuno and Fachri Aidulsyah – Since its shocking takeover of Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul last month, the Taliban, now the de facto Afghan government, has repeatedly
August 27, 2021
Joao da Cruz Cardoso – On June 18 of this year, Timor-Leste abstained from a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly condemning the military regime in Myanmar.
August 23, 2021
Donald Greenlees – A persistent question lurking in the background of Australia's alliance with the US has always been whether our powerful ally would come to our aid in a time of milit
August 22, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia has moved its Afghanistan diplomatic mission from Kabul to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Saturday, after its air force evacuated dozens in the
August 20, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia has evacuated its 26 nationals including embassy staff from Kabul amid chaotic situation and political uncertainties after the Taliban return to power in Afghanistan
August 16, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry is preparing evacuation of its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Taliban looks set to overtake power, but it will reta
August 4, 2021
Doyinsola Oladipo and David Brunnstrom, Washington – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) he was launching a "strategic dialogue" between the United Sta
July 30, 2021
Hanoi – The 11th meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Council Working Group on Timor-Leste's Application for ASEAN Membership was held on July 29 via teleconference.
Benjamin Brimelow – Tensions continue to rise in the Indo-Pacific, where China's economic growth and military modernization have drawn the attention and concern of politicians and defen