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WSJ article

International companies are betting Indonesia will become Asia’s next big consumer market after China and India – in part because of booming jungle outpost like this one

Second-tier cities like Samarinda are driving Indonesia’s economic resurgence and foreign companies are taking note.

Last year, Indonesia posted the second-highest personal spending growth in Asia, behind China but ahead of India.

Here in Samarinda, a coal-mining center on the far eastern edge of Borneo, the population has more than tripled since 2000, … posting growth rates approaching 10% a year.

Carved out of the forest along the eastern edge of Borneo,… new mansions are sprouting within a stone’s throw of operating coal mines

Wall Street Journal : Apr 7, 2010