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Only One in Three Indonesians Favor China Investments, Poll Says

  • U.S. ranks more favorably in range of indicators: Lowy survey
  • Trust high in Middle East as government searches for investors
Traffic at dusk in the central business district of Jakarta.
Traffic at dusk in the central business district of Jakarta.Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Only one in three Indonesians favor Chinese investors buying a controlling stake in major local companies, a survey found, showing the difficulty Beijing faces to improve its image across Southeast Asia.

The poll by Australia-based Lowy Institute asked respondents about a range of topics, including whether they would favor companies, banks or investment funds from eight particular countries purchasing a majority share in major Indonesian firms. It found Saudi Arabia the most popular with 57%, with the U.S. at 42% and China at the bottom with 30%.