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Trade war must not become ‘Infinity War’: Jokowi

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 13 2018   /  12:56 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made a blockbuster reference when speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN in Hanoi on Wednesday, comparing the state of the world economy to Marvel’s Infinity War.

He also compared the intensity of the ongoing trade war between the world’s major powers to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

“But rest assured that I and my fellow Avengers stand ready to prevent Thanos from wiping out half the world’s population,” Jokowi said in a speech that was live streamed on the forum’s website.

The President explained how Thanos, the main villain of the 2018 movie, wanted to wipe out half the world’s population so that the surviving half could enjoy better access to resources.

“But there’s a fundamental mistake in his underlying assumption. Thanos believed the planet’s resources are limited, are finite. Th...