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Indonesia intends to join TPP in trade policy shift

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands after their meeting at the White House on Oct. 26.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA -- Indonesia intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, according to President Joko Widodo, who announced the decision after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Oct. 26. The news signaled a turnaround of Indonesia's trade policy, which has focused on forming the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership among 16 Pacific Rim countries including China. If Indonesia does join the TPP, it is likely to change the regional trade landscape.

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