Saturday, 28 April 2018

Indonesia's president goes populist in preparation for next year's election plus other news and views

Jokowi Turns to Populist Policies Ahead of Tough 2019 Election - Jakarta Globe
President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo still enjoys high public approval, with recent surveys giving him a double digit lead over his main rival, former general Prabowo Subianto. ... Now, less than a year from an expected hard-fought 2019 election, Jokowi has made a "strategic policy shift," say senior government officials, dropping nearly $20 billion of infrastructure projects to focus on social welfare. The government has also slapped price controls on staple goods such as fuel, power, rice and sugar — moves that will surely be welcomed by voters.
Dear Barnaby, it's time to shut your mouth - Sydney Morning Herald

China opposes U.S. resolution on Tibet issue - Xinhua

China on Friday expressed opposition to a U.S. Senate resolution on the reincarnation of Dalai Lama, saying it has interfering in China's internal affairs. ... The U.S. Senate on Thursday agreed to a resolution which claimed that the responsibility for identifying a future 15th Dalai Lama only rest with officials of the 14th Dalai Lama's private office and any interference from the Chinese government is invalid.
Peta Credlin and Sky’s caustic panels - The Saturday Paper
Murdoch’s cable channel Sky News has an undue influence in Canberra, but it is defined by a sour and second-rate discourse. 


The Macron Dilemma: Why Merkel Must Act on Paris' Eurozone Reform Proposals - Der Spiegel
Germany has been sitting on eurozone-reform proposals from French President Emmanuel Macron for months. If Berlin doesn't act soon, a historical opportunity may go to waste. And that could spell doom for the common currency.

Japan’s rules and regulations for customers at integrated resorts are based on those of Singapore, which are, compared to other countries, quite strict. However, it was not something those in Osaka expressed a great deal of concern about.
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