Biển Đông: “Coi giò coi cẳng” những gương mặt khác

SÁNG ÁNH 21/7/2020 19:07 GMT+7

TTCT Các quốc gia Đông Nam Á xung quanh khu vực Biển Đông đều đã chuẩn bị cho một tương lai mới, dự kiến sẽ bất trắc hơn.

Theo Công ty tài chính PricewaterhouseCoopers thì năm 2030, 5 cường quốc đứng đầu thế giới về kinh tế sẽ xếp hạng như sau: Trung Quốc, Hoa Kỳ, Ấn Độ và Nhật Bản là 4 nước đầu. Đây là chuyện dễ hiểu. Nước thứ 6 là Nga. Vậy nước thứ 5 là nước nào? Anh hay Đức? Pháp hay Brazil, Mexico? Hàn Quốc? Năm 2030, nếu mọi chuyện đúng dự đoán, cường quốc kinh tế hạng 5 thế giới sẽ là Indonesia.

Trong khi chờ đợi ngày vinh quang xa vời ấy, hiện tính GDP theo mãi lực tương đương (PPP) thì Indonesia mới đứng hàng thứ 7 (IMF 2019). Tính theo danh nghĩa thì Indonesia hàng 16 với GDP là 1.210 tỉ đôla, hơn 4 lần Việt Nam. 

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Indonesia Unprepared as Great Powers Clash in Indo-Pacific

Jakarta is Asia’s greatest geopolitical prize. But its foreign-policy reflexes are long outdated.

FP, By Evan A. Laksmana, a senior research fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Indonesia's Widodo and China's Xi in Beijing

AUGUST 26, 2021, 12:47 PM

Indonesia could tilt the strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific. It’s the largest archipelagic state in the world and sits at the heart of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The country’s growing economic power, tradition of regional leadership, and control over critical sea lanes seem to predestine it to be a strategic fulcrum in the era of U.S.-Chinese great-power competition.

Getting Jakarta to align with either Beijing or Washington therefore seems like a logical step in the unfolding geopolitical drama. Indonesia’s every move—from military exercises to vaccine diplomacy—is scrutinized through this lens. Depending on who you ask in Beijing or Washington, Indonesia’s choice seems obvious. One offers growth and prosperity, despite bullying the region. The other has built a global network of enduring security relationships, though its commitments are often doubtful, inconsistent, or come with strings attached.

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Sóng ngầm dưới mặt biển

DANH ĐỨC 9/5/2021 6:00 GMT+7

TTCTVụ tàu ngầm Indonesia thọ nạn mới đây có thể coi là lời cảnh báo về những rủi ro đáng ngại trong vùng biển khu vực, khi mà các “ông lớn” đang thay “đồ chơi” và “luật chơi” trong cuộc chiến dưới mặt biển.

Tàu ngầm KRI Nanggala-402 được xác nhận bị chìm ở vùng biển phía bắc đảo Bali chiều thứ bảy 24-4, Thông tấn xã Kompas của Indonesia ngậm ngùi loan tin. 

Theo đó, vụ chìm tàu 402 xảy ra trong lúc chiếc tàu ngầm do Đức sản xuất này tham gia cuộc diễn tập nhắm bắn mục tiêu chiến lược của Hải quân Indonesia có sự tham gia của 21 tàu hải quân, 2 tàu ngầm và 5 máy bay. 

Lực lượng diễn tập được triển khai ngay để tìm kiếm tàu ngầm mất tích.

Mất chiếc KRI Nanggala-402, Hải quân Indonesia còn mất đi những người lính dày dạn kinh nghiệm tàu ngầm bậc nhất của họ. Ảnh: Reuters

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Indonesia’s Aceh enlists an all-female flogging squad to enforce Shariah law

A female flogging squad has enraged Indonesian activists. Authorities in the province say more women are committing “moral” offenses, which are punishable in Islamic-conservative Aceh by whipping or caning.

A woman is caned in Aceh

Aceh province on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island follows Shariah law, an Islamic criminal code that includes “morality” offenses like gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or pre-marital sex.
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Indonesian environment ministry ends WWF partnership amid public spat

Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea

JANUARY 1, 2020 / 7:02 AM / UPDATED 16 HOURS AGO Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis”, after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters.

FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno points at the location of North Natuna Sea on a new map of Indonesia during talks with reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta.

Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China had sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and their waters and that both China and Indonesia have “normal” fishing activities there. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea”

Indonesia: Cuộc chiến chống tham nhũng và những bất trắc của Jokowi

  • tuoitre – DANH ĐỨC
  • 25.10.2019, 11:00

TTCT – Chiều chủ nhật vừa rồi, 20-10, ông Joko Widodo (Jokowi) đã tuyên thệ nhậm chức lần thứ nhì. Ứng viên tổng thống hai lần thất cử, cựu tướng Prabowo Subianto, thay vì xua người xuống đường như hồi kết quả bầu cử được công bố, đã “hiền hòa” tham dự lễ nhậm chức sau khi cùng tổng thống chụp ảnh selfie. Thế nhưng, bầu không khí Jakarta lại nóng hừng hực bởi làn sóng biểu tình chống tham nhũng của sinh viên.

Indonesia: Cuộc chiến chống tham nhũng và những bất trắc của Jokowi
Sinh viên 300 trường đại học trên cả nước đã xuống đường phản đối luật KPK. Ảnh: AP

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Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth

Asia – December 13, 2017 3:14 pm JST Cover story

Aided by social media, hardliners gain mainstream support

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor, and SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent

Buddhist monks protest the visit of a U.N. official in Yangon on Jan. 16, 2015. According to local media reports, they were angry that the international organization had urged the government to give members of the Rohingya minority citizenship. © Reuters

YANGON/JAKARTA — With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta.

“Inshallah, we can fly, but it doesn’t matter, we will be OK,” Susanto said. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate our victory.” Tiếp tục đọc “Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth”

Jerusalem: Malaysia army ‘ready’ to play role

Al Jazeera

The Malaysian Armed Forces are waiting for instructions from the top leadership, the Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said [Dondi Tawatao/Reuters]
The Malaysian Armed Forces are waiting for instructions from the top leadership, the Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said [Dondi Tawatao/Reuters]

Malaysian defence minister has said that the United States’ decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel was “a slap in the face for the entire Muslim world”, pointing out that his country’s military is prepared to perform its duty if its services are required.

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Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia

An international consortium of energy companies has presented its plans to develop a 6 gigawatt (GW) solar and wind hybrid project in Western Australia, designed to export clean energy to Indonesia through subsea cables.

Western Australia is set to take advantage of its significant solar and wind resources to export renewable energy to Indonesia, contributing significantly to the country’s clean energy future and energy security through reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The proposed project is called Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) and is another mega energy project which underlines the significant opportunities that domestic renewable resources can provide for countries to become the ‘new’ energy exporters.

The hybrid power plant would be spread over 14,000 square km in flat desert land on the north-west coast of Australia.

It would comprise approximately 1,200 wind turbines supplied by Vestas, and 10 million solar panels with an aggregated capacity of 6GW – enough electricity to power more than 7 million households. Tiếp tục đọc “Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia”

Nestlé, Hershey and Mars ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’


This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says consumers have been “deceived” by promises from the brands to clean up their supply chains which were subsequently delayed, revised or watered down. Tiếp tục đọc “Nestlé, Hershey and Mars ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’”

Indonesia urges explanation as general denied US entry

General Gatot Nurmantyo in Indonesia [Beawiharta/File Photo Reuters]
General Gatot Nurmantyo in Indonesia [Beawiharta/File Photo Reuters]

Indonesia on Monday said it had made “urgent” requests for an explanation why the United States barred its military chief from travelling to the US. The US embassy in Jakarta on Monday apologised to the Indonesian government after its army chief was denied entry to the US. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesia urges explanation as general denied US entry”

The Coal Battle Shifts to Southeast Asia

As China and India shift away from coal, the fight to end use of this dirty fuel is moving south

Coal is on the way out years ahead of schedule in China and India. A recent report by CoalSwarm (an Earth Island Project), Sierra Club, and Greenpeace showed that, in 2016, that Asia’s two fastest growing economies are shutting down mines, scrapping coal plant plans, and building renewables far faster than nearly anyone expected just a few years ago.

coal barge on a riverPhoto by Andrew Taylor/WDMA coal barge on the Mahakam river in Central Kalimantan. President Joko Widodo’s plans to increase power supply in Indonesia is focused almost entirely on coal use. Tiếp tục đọc “The Coal Battle Shifts to Southeast Asia”

Indonesian travelling shows where dolphins perform in the name of education


More than 90 dolphins are held in captivity in Indonesia and trained to perform tricks in shows as part of the country’s so-called conservation efforts. Their future is uncertain as the government continues experimenting with a captive breeding programme to increase dolphin population in its waters.

Indonesia is believed to be the only country in the world that still uses dolphins in travelling animal shows. Most of them perform more than 30 times a week and travel from city to city in the back of a truck. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

JAKARTA: Brama and Kumbara swim side by side in their little home, a murky plastic pool full of chlorinated water. The two bottlenose dolphins seem agitated ahead of the show in which they are a headline act; it involves performing the same maneuvers they have done thousands of times. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian travelling shows where dolphins perform in the name of education”

Indonesia’s largest Muslim youth group plans to tackle extremism through humanitarian declaration


Nahdlatul Ulama is the largest Muslim organisation in Indonesia. (Photo: AFP/Adek Berry) 

KUALA LUMPUR: An Indonesian doctor on Sumatra island and a teenager in Jakarta fled from their homes last month in fear of vigilantes from the radical Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who threatened and harassed them.

A video of the 15-year-old male being surrounded and slapped by FPI members went viral online. Indonesian police have said the teen and his family are now in a “safe place”.

Both the teenager and the female doctor had posted comments on Facebook on FPI’s leader, Habib Rizeiq Shihab, who is wanted by police in a pornography case. Rizieq had fled Indonesia for Saudi Arabia to avoid being questioned by the authorities.

“If (Rizieq’s) innocent, why run? Doesn’t he have 300 lawyers and 7 million supporters by his side? Don’t run away, bib (Habib),” Dr Fiera Lovita wrote on her Facebook page, according to Indonesian online media Liputan6.

Rizieq’s followers were outraged and accused her of insulting Islam. They threatened to kill, stone and burn her alive, Dr Fiera was quoted as saying by Liputan6. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesia’s largest Muslim youth group plans to tackle extremism through humanitarian declaration”