Category: Current Affairs

New Records of Sino-Indonesian Relations, 1965-66

Following up on last night’s blog post on Anies Baswedan’s anti-Chinese inauguration speech, it is useful to observe the contents of some recently declassified U.S. Government documents relating to the anti-communist purge and mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66. From “Airgram A-373, Joint Weeka No. 46 from U.S. Embassy Jakarta to the U.S. State Department“—classified […]

Jakarta’s New Governor Doubles Down on Identity

Jakarta’s new governor, Anies Baswedan, was inaugurated in a large and highly publicized ceremony last night. After a highly racially and religiously charged gubernatorial campaign that saw Anies defeat incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama—a Chinese Christian since imprisoned on charges of blasphemy—many Indonesians had hoped for a period of calm. Anies might have contributed to […]