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The economic diplomacy of Jokowi's East Asia trip: 5 takeaways

Infrastructure investment, business ties highlight region's importance for Indonesia

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, left, received vows of support from the leaders of South Korea, China and Japan on his recent swing through East Asia. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met three key East Asian leaders this week, pursuing his economic diplomacy against the backdrop of the Ukraine war and rising economic pressures.

Unlike his visit to Europe last month, where Widodo sought to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine, his four-day trip to East Asia, which featured stops in China, Japan and South Korea, was more focused on the economy and business. The president discussed with his counterparts how to strengthen economic ties and received a range of investment pledges, including help in relocating Indonesia's capital, a pet project of Widodo's.

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