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Jakarta Post

Special Report: `Made in China' poses as RI's pride

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 10 2009   /  01:03 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should actually have shelved his pride when inaugurating the much-hyped Suramadu bridge, as most of the manpower, engineering, financing and raw material came directly from China, which is now in the process of strengthening its grip on the Indonesian economy. Somewhere along the bridge "Made in China" labels may be emblazoned in the structure as more than half of the 28,000 tons of steel and 600,000 tons of alloy steel were imported from China despite the fact state steel company PT Krakatau Steel said it had the capacity to produce the same material. At least 3,500 workers from Indonesia and China were involved in the development of the bridge that cost Rp 4.5 trillion (US$440 million), with the majority of the funding coming in a soft loan from China. An Indonesian consortium of PT Adhi Karya and PT Waskita Karya help...