The Dynamics of Indonesia–China Relations in Politics, Defense-Security, and Economy in Southeast Asia: An Indonesian Perspective



Indonesia and China officially started their diplomatic relations on June 09, 1950. However, the movement on September 30, 1965, led by Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) marked the darkest period in their relationship, resulting in a diplomatic dissolution in 1967. It took 23 years for the two countries to resume their diplomatic relations, which was in 1990 precisely. Since the normalization, their relations were politically and economically stronger and reached a peak as they signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership in 2005. There is no doubt that China’s rising power in the current economic marketplace has also affected its relations with Indonesia. Put in Indonesian perspective, this section will examine six decades of Indonesia–China relations (1950–2010), particularly after the economic crisis in 1997. Furthermore, discussions on the current relations between Indonesia and China cannot be separated from the Southeast Asia’s dynamics since Indonesia continued to get China actively engaged in a multilateral relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Indonesia–China diplomatic relations Indonesian perspective ASEAN 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Political Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI)JakartaIndonesia

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