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China's increased influence of the bone of contention in the Indonesian election

In the morning, Wednesday, yesterday Indonesia, the largest election ever takes place in one day. 245.000 candidates set up when the new local, regional and national parliaments, the president shall be elected.

In the presidential election battle is a replay from 2014: the winner, then, the former möbelhandlaren Joko Widodo, is set against the former general Prabowo Subianto.

A big issue in the election campaign has been the role of religion in society. Indonesia is the world's largest country with a muslim majority. Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, is not a real muslim has Prabowo claimed and attracted support from radical islamic forces by announcing the religion of the larger place in society.

this is a hot bone of contention. The country has in five years gone from being the 13th largest investor number one in Indonesia. The development is a deliberate policy from Jokowi, who welcomed the chinese investors. Indonesia consists of 18.000 islands and is in intense need of new infrastructure. Better roads, rail and air links were also Jokowis election promises 2014.

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But Jokowi is too weak against the chinese, and selling out the country, believes Prabowo and warns that Indonesia ends up in a situation of dependence to the chinese. Jokowi allows chinese companies to come up with millions of their own workers in order to complete the kinesiskfinansierade projects instead of securing jobs for indonesians, accusing he. If Prabowo becomes president, he promises a tougher attitude towards the investors and less naivety.

in some groups of the electorate. Indonesernas approach to China have become more skeptical. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, the proportion who have a positive view of China dropped from 66 percent in 2014 to 53% in 2018. The over two million kinesindonesier who live in the country also has got to feel a colder climate, which has sometimes erupted in violence. It is often about envy that they often are more successful economically than the rest of the population.

That Prabowo would absolutely say no to chinese money, however, is not likely. If Indonesia, which is southeast asia's largest economy, should continue to develop economically are investments in infrastructure critical, and Indonesia has not checkout on their own to fund everything that needs to be done.

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