Relations between the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua versus Jakarta have always been complex. Throughout modern history, an independence movement has been active on the Indonesian part of Papua; one that strives for the separation from Indonesia. The origin or cause of this ambition can be found in the political past.

This article discusses the following:

- The recent developments in East Java and (West) Papua

- The troubled history between Papua and Indonesia from the colonial period to the present

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