Obama to Host Indonesia’s Widodo at White House

WASHINGTON—Climate change issues, trade and maritime cooperation in the South China Sea top the agenda when Indonesian President Joko Widodo meets Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

Widodo is the first Indonesian leader to visit the United States in a decade.  He took office a year ago as an outsider, promising change in the world's most populous Muslim country, but like Obama, when he assumed power six years ago, has encountered economic difficulties.

The Indonesian leader is also looking to attract more American investment in his country, where only 17 percent of a population of 250 million people are connected to the Internet, a ratio that puts Indonesia in the lowest quarter of a global ranking.  During a five-day visit to the United States Widodo is also is meeting with business leaders, fund managers and technology and mining executives in Washington and San Francisco. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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