Indonesian Widodo meets Elon Musk in the US

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has met Tesla chief Elon Musk in Texas to discuss potential investments and technology, the Indonesian government says.

The meeting between Musk and Widodo took place on Saturday after a round of work-level discussions about a possible investment in Indonesia’s nickel industry and the supply of batteries for electric vehicles, Indonesian officials told Reuters.

Tesla representatives were in Indonesia last week for meetings about a possible battery-related investment, Indonesian officials and two people familiar with the talks have said.

Tesla did not immediately comment.

Indonesia has been trying for years to strike a deal with Tesla over battery investments and possibly for Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company.

Widodo traveled from Washington, where he attended a meeting of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to meet Musk at the SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.

He invited the billionaire to visit Indonesia in November.

Widodo will host a summit of the Group of 20 Major Economies in Bali in November. “Hopefully in November,” the Indonesian government quoted Musk as saying.

Musk said there could be room for “partnerships in many things because Indonesia has a lot of potential,” the statement said.

Indonesia has the world’s largest nickel reserves and Widodo is eager to develop a nickel-based EV industry at home – from making nickel metal to producing battery components and assembling electric vehicles.

In the past, he has also urged Musk to consider a missile launch site in Indonesia.

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