PAN Yue, School of International Relations, Sun Yat-Sen University, Southeast Asia Research Centre of Pangoal Institution
CHANG Xiaozhu, the College of Foreign Studies, Guangxi Normal University
Participation, support and understanding of countries along the Belt and Road are requisites for promoting and implementing this major initiative. Indonesia, a major ASEAN economy, is crucial but Indonesia has a limited perception of the B&R initiative. Although its government welcomes it and the ruling coalition cooperates positively, parts of the military and opposition are skeptical of China' s intent. The B&R initiative is well- received among the Indonesian Chinese group, while Indonesian academic circles remain cautious and somewhat critical. From a Chinese viewpoint, easing negative or hostile emotions appropriately would be well- timed. China should settle the Natuna issue, adjust its publicity in Indonesia, use diplomacy, and promote Sino- Indonesia cultural exchange and communications. Chinese enterprises should focus on project quality and uphold social responsibilities. Short- term goals are reducing Indonesia' s opposition and obstruction of B&R, while long-term goals are enhancing the recognition and likeability of the Initiative' s worthwhile plans.
[Keywords] Belt and Road Initiative (B&R); Indonesia; China- Indonesia relations
Note: Pan Yue,Chang Xiaozhu.The Perception and Reaction of Indonesia to the Belt and Road Initiative and Suggestions for China's Response[J].Contemporary International Relations,2017,27(04):36-47.