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The Future of Asia 2018

Indonesia making preparations to join TPP

Vice president says policy change comes regardless if US returns to trade pact

Jusuf Kalla, Indonesia’s vice president, said in an interview that his government currently is studying how the country’s competitiveness would be affected if it joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- Indonesia is studying the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached by 11 nations after the U.S. exited, with a view to joining the trade pact, Jusuf Kalla, the country's vice president, said on Tuesday.

Those comments mark a turnaround in policy for the Southeast Asian nation, which had previously said that the trade pact had lost its allure without the U.S.'s participation.

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