(Central News Agency reporter Li Zongxian, Jakarta, 21st) Taiwan’s general election will be held next year. Indonesian scholars analyzed that although Southeast Asian academic circles have not discussed much about Taiwan’s election, Indonesia is concerned about how the election results will affect the stability of the Taiwan Strait because there are many Indonesian citizens in Taiwan.
Mohammad Hasan Ansori, executive director of the Indonesian think tank “Habibie Center”, told Central News Agency that because there are many Indonesian citizens in Taiwan, Indonesia’s biggest concern is whether Taiwan can maintain “security and security” after the election. Stablize”.
“I believe that the Indonesian government does not care who wins, but the most important thing is security and stability,” he said.
According to statistics from the Immigration Department, the number of Indonesian citizens currently living in Taiwan is approximately 270,000, with the majority being migrant workers.
Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a professor at the Political Research Center of the Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency (PRP-BRIN), pointed out that the Indonesian government’s position is “one China” and hopes to ensure that the status quo is maintained.
She said: “(Indonesia) does not want Beijing to threaten Taiwan, but at the same time, it does not want to see excessive provocation from Taiwan, because for China, Taiwan independence cannot be discussed.”
In addition, Lina Alexandra, director of international relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Indonesia, analyzed from a regional perspective and pointed out that Southeast Asia is paying attention to whether the results of the Taiwan election will intensify the confrontation between the United States and China.
Lina explained to Central News Agency: “We know that the United States will support Taiwan, and China will criticize actions that encourage Taiwan independence, so what we hope is that the election results will slightly slow down the confrontation between the United States and China.”
Lina also said that she understands that Taiwan has its own position, “but for Indonesia, cross-strait stability is very important, because there is already a Myanmar issue in the region. If a conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, it will directly threaten Indonesian citizens, and it will put Indonesia in a very difficult position.” situation”.
Teuku Rezasyah, associate professor of international relations at Padjadjaran University in Indonesia, told Central News Agency regarding the Taiwan election, “Taiwan’s existence and Taiwan’s independence are good things because it (Taiwan) can balance China’s influence in Indonesia ”.
In addition, Taiwan’s opposition party’s candidates for president and vice president have not yet been determined. Indonesian scholars pointed out that it is common in democratic elections for candidates to be determined at the last minute.
“This is normal, (candidates) can still change until the last moment, and that’s the beauty of democracy, you never know who will be in power or in opposition,” Ansori said.
Yuku also expressed a similar view. He said that it is common in democratic elections for candidates to be confirmed at the last minute, “because when one party’s candidates are confirmed, the other party will introduce candidates who can compete with them.” . (Editor: Zhou Yongjie) 1121121