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Indonesia’s Grim Outlook

Indonesia is not getting the attention it deserves in Washington,” warned Singapore’s trade and industry minister, George Yeo, in an address at Washington’s Institute for International Economics earlier this year.1 Yeo is a likely future prime minister of Singapore, and he is right to implore the new Bush administration to make Indonesia a high priority. Indeed, the very survival of Singapore—the economic hub of Southeast Asia and a short ferry ride from the nearest Indonesian territory—is threatened by the upheavals currently rocking its massive neighbor.

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