Indonesian president warns ASEAN ‘can’t be proxy’ of any country

Indonesian President Joko Widodo stresses that ASEAN should not become a proxy for other countries amidst rising US-China tensions.

Indonesia entrepreneurs cash in on TikTok live selling spree

TikTok livestreamer Christine Febriyanti sells colorful garments on TikTok, contributing to the app’s booming shopping trend in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, spews huge ash column

Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, sending ash column 3 kilometres high.

President Jokowi and Megawati Soekarnoputri reaffirm solidarity at PDI-P national working meeting

The public display of solidarity between President Jokowi and Megawati Soekarnoputri dispelled rumors of a strained relationship as they expressed full support for PDI-P candidate Ganjar Pranowo. Speculation had suggested Jokowi’s preference for another candidate, but their united front at the PDI-P National Working Meeting showcased solidarity and commitment.

US, China join naval drills in Indonesia despite rifts

The United States and China have both deployed warships to participate in multinational naval drills in Indonesia, despite their ongoing tensions. The exercises aim to foster cooperation among like-minded nations and address common challenges such as humanitarian and disaster response. The presence of warships from the US and China highlights their fierce competition in various domains, including diplomacy, military, technology, and economy. The drills come amid escalating disagreements between the two powers over issues such as Taiwan and Pacific island nations. Efforts to renew dialogue and avoid misunderstandings leading to conflict have been emphasized by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Indonesian government showcases archipelago capital development to Singaporean investors

The Indonesian government welcomed Singaporean officials and 130 businessmen to visit the Archipelago Capital (IKN) construction site. The visit aimed to showcase the progress of IKN and attract investors to participate in the development of the new capital city. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, personally guided the delegation and emphasized IKN’s investment potential. The government is actively acquiring land in various areas of IKN, and two meetings are scheduled to further discuss investment opportunities. The visit builds upon the commitment made during the “Leaders Retreat” between President Joko Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The IKN Authority and Singapore’s Center for Livable Cities have signed an agreement to develop a sustainable and livable city within IKN. The visit has generated interest from Singaporean entrepreneurs, and progress on IKN construction is at approximately 29 per cent.

Indonesia’s Merapi volcano erupts, spewing ‘avalanche’ of lava

Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes in Indonesia, erupted, spewing lava two kilometers from the crater. The eruption was captured in dramatic images, and small tremors were recorded. The volcano remains closely monitored, with a seven-kilometer restriction zone for surrounding villages. The alert level has not changed since increased volcanic activity in 2020. The volcano’s last major eruption in 2010 claimed over 300 lives, and the most powerful eruption occurred in 1930, resulting in around 1,300 deaths.

ASEAN at a ‘crossroad’ as Myanmar violence escalates

Southeast Asian nations are facing a critical moment as violence in Myanmar dominates discussions at a regional summit. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been leading diplomatic efforts to address the crisis, but the junta’s refusal to engage with opposition groups and the recent air strike that killed many people have increased pressure on ASEAN to take stronger action. Critics argue that ASEAN’s previous initiatives have been ineffective, and there are calls for the bloc to cut off the military’s cash flow and push for reform. The shooting incident targeting an ASEAN convoy in Myanmar further raises the urgency of addressing the situation. However, ASEAN’s limited authority and principles of consensus and non-interference have hindered its ability to take decisive action.

Powerful Indonesia quake sends islanders fleeing

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit islands west of Indonesia’s Sumatra, prompting a tsunami warning for several hours. Residents fled to higher ground, but no casualties or severe damage were reported. Indonesia frequently experiences earthquakes due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

Indonesian TikToker criticizes Lampung Province’s governance, receives backlash and family harassment

Awbimax Reborn, a TikToker and university student in Australia, criticized the infrastructure, education, governance, and over-reliance on agriculture in Lampung Province, Indonesia. His recent video drew attention and controversy as it went viral, and allegedly, he faced intimidation from local authorities as a result.