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Obama wins Indonesian backing for Pacific trade pact

US President Barack Obama won Indonesia's endorsement for a contentious trans-Pacific trade deal Monday, with the president of Southeast Asia's largest economy vowing to join.

During a meeting with Obama at the White House, Joko Widodo risked the ire of economic nationalists at home and pledged to join the pact.

"Indonesia is an open economy and with a population of 250 million, we are the largest economy in Southeast Asia," Widodo said in the Oval Office.

"Indonesia intends to join the TPP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) surprise here.

Indonesia widely uses slave labor (against which American labor cannot financially compete);has oil; and sits on one of the most active trading area in the region, the Strait of Malacca; so of COURSE, it has been invited to join TPP, and will accept the invitation.

His faux populism aside, Obama's "hope and change" has morphed into financial betterment for the 1% with this treaty, and to hell with the rest of us.

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