The recent strain in relations between Australia and Indonesia resulting from the East Timor Crisis has shown once again that cross-cultural misunderstandings might be the basis of potential conflicts between Australia and its neighbour if not addressed properly. Apart from political and economic interests of the two countries that might have influenced leaders' decisions and actions, these events have clearly indicated that people from different cultural and historical backgrounds really do behave differently.
Kalidjernih, Freddy K.
"Healing the wound: some cross-cultural challenges to Australia – Indonesia relations,"
Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cm/vol4/iss2/5