Authors : Tirta N. Mursitama, Syamsul Hadi, Imadudin Abdullah and Ayudhaning P. Dewanto
Abstract: This study examines the domestic actors that involved in the negotiation of ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) from Indonesian side. Each actor has interests that intertwine from one to another in pursuing national interests through economic foreign policy. Researchers define Indonesias national interests in ACFTA in terms of economic and power. Using qualitative method, this research used mainly in-depth interview in collecting primary and secondary data and information from relevant agencies. This study found that each actors of foreign policy decision making has competing one over another as they pursue their own interests. Therefore, the term coordination among related domestic actors is an expensive, yet costly activity. As it is very important, it should be encouraged to smoothen Indonesias foreign policy making. Finally, researchers found in the case of ACFTA, Indonesias national interest has materialized in terms of both economic and power. It does matter for both Indonesian and Chinese business in the region.
Tirta N. Mursitama, Syamsul Hadi, Imadudin Abdullah and Ayudhaning P. Dewanto, 2013. The Intertwining of Domestic Actors and Interests: A Case of Indonesia's Economic Diplomacy toward ASEAN China Free Trade Agreement. International Business Management, 7: 359-367.