Historic Succession, Strategic Inter-Construction and the South China Sea Policy: A Strategic Inquiry into the Indonesian Joko Widodo Administration's Strategy of Maritime Power

March 03 , 2016 08:24 PM by LI Feng & ZHENG Xianwu


[Author] LI Feng, ZHENG Xianwu

[Abstract] Regional power, middle power and maritime power are the three main kinds of self-identity cognition of Indonesian diplomacy. The reason why the latest one becomes a strategy is not only a result of the Indonesian practice of three identities, namely historic succession, but also Joko Widodo administration's consideration of the disadvantages of the former two. The strategy aimed at balancing the development of Indonesian regional ability of economy and security, coordinating Indonesian domestic practice, regional practice and global practice and then to realize strategic inter-construction. The strategy is complementary and connective in purpose and characteristic. The maritime power is an integrated concept which highlights the economic and security meaning,each of which is cross-level and both of which are domain-connecting. The strategy influences the South China Sea Dispute strongly so that China should take advantage of Indonesian multi-roles to operate the strategic coincidence between China's and Indonesia's maritime nation construction mainly through the policy communication.

[Keywords] Indonesia; Joko administration's diplomacy; maritime power; national identity; the South China Sea dispute