An Increase in China's Military Capabilities Amid Economic Power and the Influence on Indonesia

Dyah Sekar Arum(1*),

(1) Universitas Pertahanan RI
(*) Corresponding Author


This study explores the escalating military capabilities of China in the context of its burgeoning economic power and its subsequent influence on Indonesia. The background of this research is rooted in the recent surge in China’s military and economic prowess and its strategic implications on the geopolitical landscape, particularly concerning Indonesia. The aim of this study is to understand the correlation between China’s military and economic growth and to analyze its impact on the political, economic, and security aspects of Indonesia. The methods employed in this study include a comprehensive review of existing literature and analysis of publicly available military and economic data. The study also uses a comparative approach, examining instances of rising powers and their influence on neighboring countries. The findings reveal a significant increase in China’s military capabilities, backed by its economic growth. This rise has led to a shift in the regional balance of power, influencing Indonesia’s foreign policy, security strategy, and economic decisions. The study also uncovers the nuanced ways in which Indonesia navigates its relationship with China, balancing economic cooperation with national security considerations. In conclusion, the study underscores the importance of understanding the dynamics of China’s military and economic growth and its far-reaching implications. It calls for a nuanced and strategic approach from Indonesia and other nations in the region to navigate this changing landscape.


China, Indonesia Defence Studies, Military, Economic Power

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