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Indonesia plays China against Japan for better infrastructure deals

China's desire to develop political and commercial links to Indonesia a boon for Jokowi

Mr Xi walked alongside Mr Joko to the conference venue of the Asian-African summit last month, recreating a stroll that former leader Sukarno and premier Zhou Enlai took back in 1955.


AFTER more than five years of feasibility studies and high-level lobbying, Japanese officials thought they were on the brink of bringing bullet trains to Indonesia. Then China showed up.

"Suddenly, the minister of state-owned enterprises announced they had made something

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