Jakarta Traffic Problem – No fast tracks in Indonesia

Jakarta’s epic traffic jams cost the economy US$3.4 billion in losses per year, a tangle even massive infrastructure building could take decades to unsnarl By John McBeth Over the past two decades, Bangkok has made great strides in public transport, building the so-called Skytrain and a subway in the expectation it would relieve the once-canal-laced … Continue reading Jakarta Traffic Problem – No fast tracks in Indonesia

Cambodia dumps US military aid, echoing trend in Southeast Asia

The move comes as the region continues to drift toward China By Asia Unhedged Without giving an explanation, the Cambodian government has asked the US to end a military aid program in the country. The US Navy Mobile Construction Battalion, or Seabees, has provided humanitarian assistance throughout the country for almost a decade. The decision to … Continue reading Cambodia dumps US military aid, echoing trend in Southeast Asia

A Chinese war in Myanmar

Recent intense fighting between Myanmar military forces and China-equipped Kokang rebels has eroded the two countries' once strong bilateral ties By Bertil Lintner   Some of the heaviest recent fighting in Myanmar has taken place in the ethnic Chinese populated Kokang region, one of the least known and most misunderstood parts of the war-torn country. … Continue reading A Chinese war in Myanmar

Australia-Indonesia Relationship

By Helen Clark Australia-Indonesia ties are still at bay despite a recent public show of restored defense relations and moves afoot to deepen economic ties   Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s official visit to Australia in late February was trumpeted for the full restoration of defense ties after a brief severance over hurt sensibilities. But Widodo’s … Continue reading Australia-Indonesia Relationship

Tourism Industry News – Indonesia trying to lure ten million Chinese tourists

  Shì shí shèng yú xióng biàn (actions speak louder than words), according to the Chinese proverb and more action is what Indonesia needs to realize its ambitious goal to attract 10 million tourists from the world’s second-largest economy by 2019. The latest data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) show that even though there … Continue reading Tourism Industry News – Indonesia trying to lure ten million Chinese tourists