Author: Michael Kasta

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Doha successfully held an ASEAN Community sports event in Qatar entitled ASEAN Community Sports Day (ACSD).The Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar, Ridwan Hassan, in a press release received in Jakarta, Wednesday, said that the ASEAN Community Sports Day event was held to strengthen the spirit of brotherhood among ASEAN communities in Qatar and introduce ASEAN culture to Qatari residents. “This activity is Indonesia’s effort to strengthen the spirit of brotherhood among ASEAN communities in Qatar. More than that, ACSD is also our effort to promote ASEAN to the public in…

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Copenhagen (13/11 – 37.5) When Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as Sri Lanka’s president in July after a popular uprising ousted his predecessor, the South Asian island nation was engulfed in its worst economic meltdown in 75 years. Since then, President Wickremesinghe has managed to a keep a lid on mass protests, improve supplies of essentials and on Monday, secured a nearly $3 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that opens the door to restructuring about $58 billion of debt and receive funding from other lenders. He has done that despite a deeply unpopular government, his own party commanding just one…

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SINGAPORE – Keppel Corporation’s infrastructure division will tie up with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) to develop decarbonisation and sustainability solutions in Asean and the Middle East, the companies said on Dec 7. Both parties have inked a memorandum of understanding at the United Nations’ COP28 climate conference in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They will explore solutions to support the development and deployment of utility-scale renewable projects in Asean, as well as facilitate the cross-border flow of low-carbon energy through energy storage and grid transmission systems. The companies will also explore the feasibility of co-developing large-scale floating solar photovoltaics…

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ASEAN role: manage existence of 2 disproportionately powerful states, further embed them in security architecture The contemporary China-US relationship – the relationship between the world’s oldest and newest major powers – lies at the heart of the Indo-Pacific region’s dilemma. This relationship has its roots in the remarkable meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong in Shanghai in 1972. Their meeting occurred over a decade after China’s alliance relationship with the Soviet Union collapsed, three years after infantry skirmishes between the former allies along the Azur River in 1969 almost spiraled into open war and, reportedly, with the United States…

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JAKARTA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) is planning to invest up to $15 billion in a petrochemical project and carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo said in a presidential palace statement on Thursday. The planned CCS facilities would be the biggest in Southeast Asia. Jokowi, as the Indonesian president is commonly known, met with Exxon Chairman Darren Woods during a trip to San Francisco for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Earlier this week, Indonesia signed an initial deal with an Exxon unit to explore investment in a petrochemical project in…

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SINGAPORE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Malaysian bank CIMB (CIMB.KL) and Japanese finance company J Trust (8508.T) are among firms vying to buy Indonesia’s PT Bank Commonwealth in a deal that could value the lender at $400-$500 million, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Bank Commonwealth, which is 99% owned by Australia’s biggest lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) (CBA.AX), focuses on retail lending as well as corporate banking services for small and medium enterprises. Morgan Stanley, the financial adviser on the sale, has asked bidders to submit binding offers by early November, the sources added, declining to be identified as the planned sale…

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Archaeologists have discovered 7,000-year-old shark-tooth knives in Indonesia. Excavations on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi have uncovered two unique and deadly artifacts dating back some 7,000 years — tiger shark teeth that were used as blades. These finds, reported in the journal Antiquity, are some of the earliest archaeological evidence globally for the use of shark teeth in composite weapons — weapons made with multiple parts. Until now, the oldest such shark-tooth blades found were less than 5,000 years old. Our international team used a combination of scientific analysis, experimental reproduction and observations of recent human communities to determine that the two modified…

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Jakarta – PDI Perjuangan appreciates President Joko Widodo’s meeting with the three presidential candidates, namely Anies Baswedan, Ganjar Pranowo and Prabowo Subianto. PDIP considered the meeting to be a positive thing.”Now that three presidential candidates have been invited to have a friendly lunch with the president, that is a positive thing that must be appreciated,” said PDIP DPP Chairman Djarot Syaiful Hidayat after the Genter Center dialogue, in the East Jakarta area, Monday (30/10/2023). Djarot believes Jokowi will take a neutral stance in the 2024 elections even though Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, becomes Prabowo’s vice presidential candidate. “I…

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As the war in Israel rages, an ongoing struggle to control the narrative of the conflict is unfolding between Hamas and the Jewish state. This propaganda battle is not novel, as it has long been observed to coexist with the kinetic action between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups, dating back to at least 2014. Drawing from its prior clashes with Israel, Hamas has gained vital insights on how to effectively counter Israel. Despite being at a military disadvantage in nearly every area, Hamas has developed unconventional methods to attack Israel, including a powerful propaganda system to garner global backing…

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A senior member of Indonesia’s parliament on Oct. 10 called for tougher police action against companies responsible for land fires, as air pollution continued to shutter schools and sicken thousands across Sumatra and Borneo. “I am asking the police and all related officials to be decisive, and look not only for those who start fires, but also the companies behind them,’ Ahmad Sahroni, the deputy chair of the parliamentary committee overseeing legal affairs, told fellow lawmakers. “They must go all-out so that land fires do not become our agenda every year. “This duty is not just about land and forests, but…

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