Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Indonesia: Fulcrum of The East?

Compared to Asia’s largest powers, China and India, Indonesia’s foreign policy is subtle. China is widely perceived to be nationalistic and aggressive, a goliath with a club in one hand and contracts for lucrative trade deals in the other. This is a strategy that might win it some accomplices but few lasting friends. India’s arrogance and inflated sense of its self makes it a reluctant and less-than-effective actor in multilateral fora. Indonesia, however, seeks strength in alliances and valorises mediation away from the spotlight.

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Reference:
Aiyar, Pallavi. "The importance of being Indonesia." The Hindu, Online edition, sec. Op-Ed, November 20, 2013. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article5368622.ece (accessed November 19, 2013).