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Indonesia sneaks up on Singapore with flurry of port projects

Widodo envisions a new global shipping hub on China's Belt and Road

Port in Indonesia
(© Nikkei montage/Source photos by Reuters)

GRESIK, Indonesia -- It may not look like much right now, but an 1,800-hectare tract of land on the eastern edge of Java symbolizes Indonesia's future.

The site, at the entrance to the busy Madura Strait, is to host the largest industrial park in East Java -- the Java Integrated Industrial and Ports Estate. It is still mostly deserted, but construction is gaining steam. And it is just one of dozens of port projects sprouting up around the country, as President Joko Widodo pushes to turn the archipelago into a fulcrum of maritime trade.

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