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Indonesia’s Jokowi seeks to boost ties with Australia on EVs, security

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, is on a three-day state visit to Australia, where he will meet with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation on economic, climate and regional issues.

Jokowi arrived in Sydney on Sunday for the eighth Australia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Meeting, his first trip to the country since February 2020. He will also visit Canberra and Darwin before heading to Papua New Guinea for another bilateral meeting.

One of the main topics on the agenda is Jokowi’s vision to turn Indonesia into a global hub for electric vehicles (EVs), which he sees as a key part of his legacy as he nears the end of his second and final term in office.

Indonesia has the world’s largest nickel reserves, a crucial ingredient for EV batteries, but it lacks lithium, another key component that Australia has in abundance. Jokowi said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that Indonesia and Australia have a great potential for integration in the EV supply chain.

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