Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his contender Prabowo Subianto mark the kick off of the campaign period. Photo: AP
Hui Yew-Foong
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Hui Yew-Foong

Why China’s belt and road could be a surprise winner of the Indonesian presidential election

  • Joko Widodo has welcomed Beijing’s global infrastructure plan, while rival Prabowo Subianto has been pushing for a “better deal” for Indonesians
  • But the president is yet to gain any political dividends from China’s projects, while Subianto’s hostility may only be a form of political positioning

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his contender Prabowo Subianto mark the kick off of the campaign period. Photo: AP
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Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto greets supporters during a campaign rally on Wednesday. April 10.Photo: EPA

Indonesia elections: is Prabowo Subianto on the verge of a Mahathir Mohamad-style upset?

  • Not long ago, few pollsters would have given Prabowo Subianto a chance of defeating incumbent President Joko Widodo
  • But now the former special forces general is gaining momentum – and drawing inspiration from Malaysia’s 93-year-old leader
Topic |   Asia elections

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Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto greets supporters during a campaign rally on Wednesday. April 10.Photo: EPA
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