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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

Samsung Heavy expands net loss in Q1 by 308 billion won

Samsung Heavy Industries Co.s net loss expanded to 535.9 billion won in the first quarter from a net loss of 227 billion won a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a surge in prices of steel plates. The...

Lavazza extends sponsorship of Ascot Racecourse for 3 years

Lavazza renewed its long-standing sponsorship relationship with Ascot Racecourse for another three years, allowing racegoers to enjoy the Italian coffee brand when spectators return to the Royal Ascot and all Ascot...

Hyundai eyes share of Europe's high-end EV market with its Genesis brand

Hyundai Motor will launch the Genesis brand in Europe this summer, initially, the G80 sedan and the GV80 SUV, to gain a share in the high-end and electric vehicle markets. The South Korean carmaker will also introduce...

AirAsia's fresh produce platform to set up warehouse in Sabah state capital

Airasia farm will set up a 557-meter warehouse in the city of Kota Kinabalu in the second quarter to serve as a Digital Agri Center, cold chain facility, office space, and training space for farmers and small and medium...

South Africa keen on promoting its apples in China and India

South Africas deciduous fruit industry body Hortgro is running its first campaign promoting its apples in China, as it has for many years done in Europe, and will hopefully start its campaign in India this month. The...

Politics

Donald Trump social media ban: Facebook oversight board to announce decision on ex-POTUS' suspension

Former President Donald Trump has been away from social media for several months following the January 6 insurrection. Facebook is already turning to its oversight board to make a decision regarding the former presidents...

Joe Biden COVID-19 vaccine: House Democrats want POTUS to waive vaccine patents

With over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines already administered, many are now urging US President Joe Biden to provide help to other countries. House Democrats are now urging Biden to waive the vaccine patents...

Hillary Clinton warns of consequences the US will face following withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

US President Joe Bidens decision to finally withdraw US troops from Afghanistan was met with mixed reactions across the board. While many praised the decision, others, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...

Nancy Pelosi blasts House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for promoting COVID-19 relief plan provision despite opposition

The successful passage of Joe Bidens COVID-19 relief plan was done on party lines without any support from Republican lawmakers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for promoting...

Science

How we found hints of new particles or forces of nature – and why it could change physics

Seven years ago, a huge magnet was transported over 3,200 miles (5,150km) across land and sea, in the hope of studying a subatomic particle called a muon. Muons are closely related to electrons, which orbit every atom...

How scientists are restoring boreal peatlands to help keep carbon in the ground

Peatlands are one of the most valuable terrestrial ecosystems in our fight against climate change. These deep layers of partially decayed plants and other organic material are tens of thousands of years old. Globally,...

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

Technology

Samsung Galaxy S8 will no longer receive security updates

Samsung is one of the companies launching Android-run smartphones that release regular security updates to its products. However, Galaxy S8 users will no longer receive the same treatment. Samsung quietly removes Galaxy...

Google accidentally reveals Pixel Buds A’s official name and design

The name and appearance of many upcoming tech products often get leaked by industry sources, and many of them turn out to be accurate bits of information. However, in the case of Pixel Buds A, these details may have...

iPhone 13 Pro Max realistic mockup hints at more design changes than expected

Apple fans might already have a very early look at the design of the iPhone 13, particularly the Pro Max version, in a recent leak. A realistic mockup suggests there are key aspects of the devices design that could be...

Activision hints at ‘Call of Duty’ 2021 next-gen exclusivity, but fans aren’t convinced

The jokes have been that there is one thing in life that is certain -- a new Call of Duty game will be released every. Activision has officially confirmed to be the case in 2021, but the games publisher may have also...

Student mobile apps linked to public schools more likely to share data with third parties

While Android and iOS offer features that aim to protect young children using mobile devices, a study conducted by a nonprofit organization found some concerning issues related to school mobile apps. It revealed that apps...
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