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The Future of Asia 2022

Indonesia's Jokowi aims to host successful G-20 despite Russia issue

President urges 'immediate' implementation of China-backed trade bloc

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says that "Indonesia wants to make sure that the G-20 will serve as a catalyst for global economic recovery." (Photo by Suzu Takahashi)

TOKYO -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged the swift implementation of the world's largest trade bloc backed by China, just a few days after the launch of a new economic grouping in the Indo-Pacific region led by the U.S. He also urged support for his country's Group of 20 presidency, despite tensions over Russia's involvement.

The 15-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership formally took force on Jan. 1, but not all of the provisions in the pact, including lowering tariffs, are expected to immediately take effect.

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