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Indonesian President Joko Widodo resumes overseas visits in October after a nearly two-year hiatus while facing major global challenges. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/AP)
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Jokowi breaks out of shell to broaden Indonesia's global horizons

Can president reassert Jakarta's claim to lead the developing world?

ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writer | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo has stepped under the global spotlight. Emerging from two years of pandemic-induced isolation, the leader of the world's fourth-most-populous nation appears to have shed some of his more placid characteristics, shifting to an altogether more forceful and bold persona.

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