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Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla speaks to Nikkei reporters in Tokyo on June 5.

Indonesia has 'lost interest' in TPP without US, vice president says

Jusuf Kalla says Jakarta remains keen on alternative regionwide pact

SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Indonesia has lost its motivation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, due to the U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact, the Southeast Asian country's vice president told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview on Monday.

"The allure of the TPP for Indonesia was the fact that the U.S. was part of the deal," Jusuf Kalla said on the sidelines of the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo. "Without the U.S., we feel that the benefits on the trade front for Indonesia aren't that big, and we have lost interest."

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