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Indonesia president defends nickel export curbs

Christian Fernsby |
President Joko Widodo warned that there would be no going back on his policy to curb exports of nickel ore and other minerals, and Indonesia would defend itself against a complaint lodged with the World Trade Organisation by the European Union.

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In September, resource-rich Indonesia announced it would stop nickel ore exports from Jan.1, two years earlier than initially indicated, a decision set to disrupt global supply.

"When we're sued, we face it. The most important thing is we don't turn, we don't go back," Widodo said in a statement released by the Cabinet Secretariat.

Widodo repeated his longstanding stance that Southeast Asia's largest economy should be exporting less raw materials and more processed goods to create more added value and jobs at home.

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