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The economics of improved Australian-Indonesian affairs

Inking of pact injects economic, diplomatic ballast into at-times testy relationship

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo attending a press conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java, on Aug 31, 2018. PHOTO: AFP
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At the Wisma Bahasa Indonesian language school in the central Javanese city of Yogyakarta, Kristyanto Nugroho, 41 is busy with a steady stream of new students.

The school had already been a favourite of Western embassies and big US multinationals. But in 2014, it experienced a wave of new students - most of them Australian undergraduates flush with government funding to learn Indonesian.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline The economics of improved Australian-Indonesian affairs. Subscribe