As the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand aggressively woo foreign investors with incentives, tax holidays and appeals to boost growth, Indonesia, under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, continues to go the other direction. While Jokowi, as he is known, has used every overseas trip to invite foreign investment, the message from his government is almost exactly the opposite. On numerous stages Jokowi and other officials tell audiences foreigners have taken advantage of Indonesia, causing its people unspecified harm.

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