Indonesia is a country that is composed of more than 17 thousand islands distributed along 5,150 kilometers from east to west, with an area similar to that of Mexico (1.9 million square kilometers) and has the fourth largest population worldwide , with more than 258 million inhabitants (40% of the population of Southeast Asia).
It is strategically located between the Pacific and Indian oceans, and abuts the seas of Java and the South China Sea, which are important hydrocarbon passes for East Asia. In sum, the products that are transferred by sea between the two oceans will very likely have to pass through Indonesian waters. It is also the main access country to Asia for Australia and New Zealand.
Indonesia is a nation and a very young democracy, integrated as a single country since its independence in 1945. Its independence and consolidation is produced from a great alliance and balance between nationalist, democratic and Islamic political forces.
Indonesia has been a member of the G20 since 2008, and is the only Southeast Asian country that belongs to it. Its value is recognized not only because of its size but also because of its experience of recovering from the Asian crisis of 1997-1998.