The Jakarta protests in late May had much deeper roots than just a simple rejection of the official vote count, which tapped into the fanaticism that these elections fostered. Yet while Jakarta returns to normal, questions remain about what happened and the actors involved.
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In Episode 20 of the Australia in the World podcast, Allan and Darren discuss Trump's restrictions on the sale of technology to Huawei, and what this means for US-China competition. They then pivot to PNG, and reflect upon four election results. Finally, Allan remembers Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
The Google-Huawei dispute over the Android operating system has done irrevocable damage to the reputation of the US tech sector. The disagreement could degenerate very quickly with a tit-for-tat listing of different companies on Chinese and US national security watch lists for entirely arbitrary reasons.