As Santo Darmosumarto, director of the East Asia and Pacific division of Indonesia’s foreign ministry, said: “For a long time we have looked north; to Japan, Korea and China, and so has Australia, but in both looking north we have missed each other.”
Indonesia is dangling the world’s largest trove of nickel to lure the auto industry into spending billions of dollars to transform the islands into a hub for the technology.
The latest set piece showdown between the Labor Party leadership and its union base over a trade deal – this time with Indonesia – comes with some overlooked historic irony.
“This report confirms that the ratification of these agreements will enhance export opportunities and deliver significant benefits for Australian farmers and businesses.”
Kevin Evans, Indonesia Director of the AIC, says these “quite severe criminal punishments” are of considerable concern to the research community inside and outside of Indonesia.