2023 revealed a quiet but booming relationship between Taiwan and Indonesia, and 2024 looks to be similarly robust. More educational exchanges, more technology collaboration projects, and more Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan are planned.
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From Ceasefire to Post-War Government in Israel and Gaza: Punishment, Patronage or Political Legitimacy?
However a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is achieved, neither punishing Benjamin Netanyahu nor patronising a non-elected Palestinian administrative entity will produce tenable post-war governments. The only viable path will be one that is paved with political legitimacy.
ASEAN seeks to be the central political body in all Southeast Asian affairs. When it comes to the Rohingya refugee crisis, however, its silence on the resettlement of refugees and its inability to address the Myanmar issue highlights that it is still playing the role of a periphery player.
A more independent foreign policy would help to reconcile Australia's political and economic configurations with emerging international changes. How such a policy and identity shift may come about is yet to be determined, but it is clear that America's decline and Chinese regional impact are likely to influence what comes next.