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Preface

We look at motorcade of Indonesia president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and report on an ancient Punjabi sport that's gone global.

Economy, Infrastructure, Kabaddi, Residences

ME AND MY MOTORCADE NO. 34

Chitty chitty Bambang

Indonesia [SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO]

It may be one of Asia’s hottest emerging markets but Indonesia’s infrastructure is lagging behind its impressive economic growth. So it is far from easy for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to get around this sprawling archipelagic nation.

In the capital, Jakarta, the main problem is traffic jams. Yudhoyono has to rely on a corps of police motorcycle out-riders to forge a way through the snarl-ups when travelling through the city or to his nearby weekend retreat…

What the US election means in Japan

  • Regardless of the outcome of the election, Japan will remain American’s staunchest ally in this populous and diplomatically volatile region.
  • After 10 years spent fighting terrorism the US is now turning its attention back to Asia Pacific. If the plan goes ahead, 60 per cent of the US navy will be deployed in Asia by 2020 (it’s currently at 50 per cent).
  • Two of the top three global economies, Japan and the US count for 30 per cent of world domestic product, with strong trade ties. No president would want to jeopardise that.

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