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  • Indonesian bill an environmental, economic disaster

    Indonesia’s  parliament is poised to pass a massive “omnibus bill” stimulus package by early October to help offset the economic damage incurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, that package currently contains provisions that will allow unbridled deforestation that will both harm the environment and sabotage…
  • Coal exporters should brace for disappointment

    The world’s largest thermal-coal exporter is eyeing new markets as its largest export destinations threaten to cut imports. Indonesia is targeting Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam as China and India seek to curb thermal-coal imports into the long term. As a result, Australian and South African…
  • China, Indonesia sea dispute hot and getting hotter

    JAKARTA – Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) cutter 5204 has become such a familiar sight inside and on the fringes of Indonesia’s 200-nautical-mile Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) that it is now suspected of trying to stake out the limits of Beijing’s nine-dotted line of historically claimed…
  • What Indonesia can learn from the Beirut blast

    In 2013, MV Rhosus, which previously sailed with a Moldovan flag, was supposedly projected to travel from Batumi Port, Georgia, to Biera, Mozambique. The vessel was carrying 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate as cargo. However, because of technical problems that hindered its seaworthiness, the…
  • Race is on for Indonesia’s untapped rare earths

    JAKARTA – Rare earth, the experts like to say, is neither rare nor is it earth. But given its use in everything from smartphones to high-tech aerospace and defense systems, a potential buried treasure from the past may soon become the next big thing in…
  • Man with the plan for a richer Indonesia

    JAKARTA – Retired general turned businessman and politician, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Panjaitan may cut a controversial profile, but he is single-minded in his determination to use Indonesia’s vast natural resources to make the country part of the global supply chain.…
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