Indonesia's President Joko Widodo hopes to land a second five-year term at the next election. But he must balance public opinion of his relationship with China, a slow moving infrastructure plan and an influx of Chinese workers. Photo: AFP

A Catch-22 from China that could derail Indonesia’s Widodo

To win votes, the Indonesian leader needs Chinese cash to build railways and ports. To build those railways and ports he needs to accept the Chinese workers who are losing him votes

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo hopes to land a second five-year term at the next election. But he must balance public opinion of his relationship with China, a slow moving infrastructure plan and an influx of Chinese workers. Photo: AFP
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Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.