Localization and China's Tech Success in Indonesia

Gatra Priyandita, Dirk van der Kley, Benjamin Herscovitch

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportpeer-review


    On average, Indonesians distrust China and many Chinese firms. Yet Huawei and to a lesser extent ZTE have successfully positioned themselves as trusted cybersecurity providers to the Indonesian government and the Indonesian nation. This has been no easy feat given long-held Indonesian animosity toward China. Many Chinese companies have faced protests over concerns they were taking local jobs. Huawei and ZTE have suffered no such fate. Nor has there been a broad coalition of Indonesian voices against using Chinese technology in critical telecommunications infrastructure. In short, Indonesians care a lot more about Chinese cement plants than they do about Huawei involvement in 5G networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationWashington, United States
    Commissioning bodyCarnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


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