China wins as Indonesia reopens economy, but not a sign of favouritism

The large captive market Indonesia offers, as well as sizeable labour pool and growing middle class, remain a draw.PHOTO: AFP

Despite a record surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, Indonesia took a gamble last month to lift partial lockdown and reopen its economy.

As it turns to key international partners to help ride out the crisis that has left millions of people jobless and businesses on the verge of collapse, China is poised to be the first country to benefit from less restrictive measures, analysts say.

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