JAKARTA -- One year into his term as Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo is struggling to regain the magic that captured his nation's imagination. His vaunted economic reform plans have yet to bear much fruit. In the meantime, the country's growth rate is heading in the wrong direction.
On his first official visit to Washington, however, Widodo pulled a surprise out of his hat. "Indonesia is an open economy," he was quoted as telling U.S. President Barack Obama. "We are the largest economy in Southeast Asia, and Indonesia intends to join the TPP."