SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Unsynchronized Relations between Jakarta and Taipei

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Speaker: Rangga Aditya Elias (周榮佳)

Date: 10 February 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 10 February 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G51

Type of Event: Seminar


Comparing with other Southeast Asian Nations, Indonesia was leading in nurturing relation with Taiwan. Guided by its independent and active foreign policy doctrine, Indonesia became the first country in Southeast Asia who established their chamber of commerce in June 1971. It was a reciprocal action to the establishment of Taiwan’s chamber in Jakarta in April in the same year. Indonesia also led in increasing the officialdom of its office when the de-facto institutional channel between Jakarta and Taipei was established in 1995 after Indonesia upgraded their chamber into Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei (IETO) as counterpart of Taipei Economic and Trade Representative Office in Jakarta (TETO).

Nevertheless, although Indonesia become a pioneer in forming institutional relations with Taiwan but in term of cooperation Indonesia left behind with other Southeast Asia countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam which could secure better cooperation and economic exchange. This then raises a concern on why Indonesia is progressively slow in developing cooperation with Taiwan compare to other Southeast Asia countries. This talk attempts to examine such phenomenon by focusing on Indonesia-Taiwan relations, particularly in the de-facto institution between them. It argues unsynchronized in the normative basis and objectives of de-facto institution have limited the cooperation between both sides.

Speakers Bio:

Rangga Aditya Elias (周榮佳) is a lecturer at International Relations Department, Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is enrolled at International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, National Chengchi University with dissertation focusing on the enhancement of Taiwan-Indonesia relation through institutional framework. He attained his master in International Relations from University of Indonesia with research on Cooperation Expansion between China and Taiwan. His research interests are Taiwan-Indonesia relations, Taiwan-ASEAN interaction, as well as Cross-strait Relation. Apart from being lecturer, he is also involved actively in formulating policy paper for Indonesian government as well as conducting research related to Indonesia-Taiwan relation. He was awarded a CCKF-ERCCT Visiting Fellow Programme at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan - A CCK Foundation Overseas Center (CCKF-ERCCT) and currently is running a lecture series project with Bina Nusantara University on Cross-Straits Relations Interactions: Indonesia-Taiwan which he serves as co-director.

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