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Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Lecturer of International Relations, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII)
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat is an academic at Universitas Islam Indonesia and is a research associate at Jakarta-based Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF). His research focuses on China's foreign policy in Indonesia and the Middle East. He completed his PhD on the Belt and Road Initiatives in the Gulf at the University of Manchester in 2018.

Indonesia and China inks deal to promote the use of the Yuan and Rupiah

Oct 15, 2020 14:44 pm UTC| Economy

Last month, China and Indonesia signed an agreement to promote the use of local currencies Chinese Yuan (RMB) and Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) in trade and investment transactions between the two countries. Yuan has...

Global Geopolitics Series

US-China tensions give Southeast Asian nations reason to find other partners elsewhere

Aug 09, 2020 22:49 pm UTC| Insights & Views

As tensions between the US and China intensify, Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, should rethink their ties with the two great powers. They should lessen their dependency on the two countries by strengthening...

Global Geopolitics Series

Why Indonesia's aggressive stance on China in South China Sea may fall short

Aug 01, 2020 15:02 pm UTC| Politics

Defying the global COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese fishing fleets with the support of armed Chinese Coast Guard ships have been penetrating Indonesias territory in the past few months. The move is part of Chinas growing...

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Economy

KB Financial leads S. Korea's major banking groups in surpassing Q3 earnings expectations

KB Financial Group recorded 1.16 trillion won in net profit, up 24.1 percent on-year, to lead South Koreas major banking groups that were bolstered by nonbanking businesses in posting better-than-expected third-quarter...

Mercedes-Benz to increase stake in Aston Martin up to 20%

Mercedes-Benz will increase its stake in British carmaker Aston Martin years from 2.6 percent to as much as 20 percent over the next three, in exchange for technologies and components of its hybrid and electric...

Spain to increase taxes on big firms, use $31.8 billion in European grants

The Spanish government will increase taxes on big corporations and the wealthy and use $31.8 billion in European grants in efforts to reverse its economic slump. There were talks on using all $164 billion that the EU...

S. Korea eyes nuclear power plants in UK, as two countries agree to cooperate after Brexit

Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo expressed hope for South Korea to participate in construction projects for British nuclear power plants in his meeting with Alok Sharma, UKs secretary of state for business, energy, and...

Financial support for Jeju Air to be discussed

South Koreas Key Industry Stabilization Fund is slated to hold a meeting to discuss whether to provide financial support to Jeju Air, the countrys top low-cost carrier. The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Jeju Airs main...

Politics

Joe Biden will form task force to reunite 545 children separated from families at southern border, says campaign

Joe Biden maintains a sizable lead against Donald Trump in the polls and the Democratic candidate is making the most out of the final days of the campaign. The Biden campaign recently announced that the former vice...

Barack Obama blasts Donald Trump for complaining about media coverage

Former President Barack Obama is currently on the campaign trail for his former colleague Joe Biden who is running for the presidency against Donald Trump. Having been among the more outspoken critics of Trump, Obamas...

Melania Trump revelation: Ex-boyfriend says FLOTUS has always been very beautiful and fashionable

First lady Melania Trumps life before meeting her would-be husband Donald Trump is much of a mystery even with the several books about the first lady. In an unearthed interview in 2016, The first ladys ex-boyfriend shared...

Donald Trump revelation: Jared Kushner reveals how POTUS prioritized political goals over science in new recordings

Some recorded conversations by journalist Bob Woodward with Donald Trump have been released to the public revealing his deliberate choice to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, newly released recordings reveal Trumps...

Science

NASA releases a playlist of space sounds for Halloween

Even with the ongoing pandemic, many are still opting to celebrate the spooky holiday of Halloween this year. As a treat to many space enthusiasts and in time for the upcoming hallowed weekend, NASA has released a playlist...

NASA discovery: Molecule found on Titan's atmosphere may be building block of life on icy moon

One of the goals space agencies like NASA have is to search the universe for proof of life existing outside our planet. The agency recently made a discovery found in one of Saturns moons, Titan, which suggests that there...

Asteroid warning: New study finds asteroid Apophis may hit Earth in 2068

Space agencies such as NASA are closely keeping tabs on what happens outside of Earth such as asteroids that could be making their way towards our planet. A new study has found that one particular asteroid, Apophis, can...

NASA news: Russia claims to have discovered water on the Moon 50 years before US agency

This week, NASA announced the presence of water on the Moon, becoming a big breakthrough for future exploration. However, Russia has claimed that it had already found the presence of water on the lunar surface decades...

Technology

‘Far Cry 6’ is delayed and won’t be released before April 2021

The list of AAA video games that have been delayed is getting longer as Ubisoft adds Far Cry 6 to it. Now, its new release date will not take place anytime before April 2021. Far Cry 6 release date suffers delay;...

AirPods 3 could adopt AirPods Pro design with a new chip in 2021

A recent report has claimed that Apple is already working on updating its line of true wireless earbuds in time for a 2021 launch. The third-generation entry-level AirPods, or simply dubbed as AirPods 3, is also...

PlayStation 5’s list of launch titles loses ‘Destruction AllStars’

The PlayStation 5 lineup of launch titles recently lost one game as Sony announced the delay of the multiplayer Destruction AllStars to next year. On the bright side, Sony is making up for the timeline changes by...

‘The Sims 4: Snowy Escape’ new world Mt. Komorebi features 4 unique locations

One of the highlights in every expansion pack has to be the new world it introduces, and it is especially true for The Sims 4: Snowy Escape. Its Japanese-inspire Mt. Komorebi brings in four different towns that each...
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