Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat is a research professor at Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies and an assistant professor at Universitas Islam Indonesia. In addition, he is also an associate at Jakarta-based Institute for Development of Economics and Finance. His research focuses on the political economy of China-Indonesia-Middle East relations. Zulfikar received his B.A. in International Affairs from Qatar University and completed M.A. and Ph.D in International Politics from the University of Manchester. He is a Project Associate of the Digital International Relations project at LSE IDEAS.
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Beijing sees Indonesia as a major contributor to its food security and this has found receptive ears in Jakarta.
For all the obstacles in the relationship, ties between Jakarta and Beijing look set to only continue to grow.
Jakarta could put human rights at the centre of its foreign policy, as well as clean up its act at home.