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I held up umbrella for King Salman, yet China gets the investment: Jokowi

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he was disappointed to learn that Saudi Arabia invested US$65 billion in China, almost ten times the Rp 89 trillion ($6.71 billion) pledged to Indonesia, despite the President's "special treatment" of Saudi's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his visit to Indonesia last month.

"[Saudi's] investment in Indonesia is big, but I am surprised that when the King came to China, he signed [contracts over] Rp 870 trillion [$65 billion]," Jokowi said during his visit to the Buntet Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Cirebon, West Java, on Thursday.

"I even held up the umbrella for the King, but we got a smaller amount. I am a little bit disappointed, just a little," the President added.

Jokowi was referring to King Salman's visit to the Bogor State Palace in West Java on March 1, when heavy downpour welcomed the Saudi's entourage. Jokowi helped hold up the umbrella for the king in an act that received praise from the public.

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It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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