Trump Indonesia Real Estate Project Gets Chinese Government Ally

And China has protested Washington’s punitive measures against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company, that threaten to deprive it of badly needed American-made microchips, software and other equipment. On Sunday, in a surprise reversal, Mr. Trump said he had directed the Commerce Department to resolve the issue to save Chinese jobs.

Critics say Mr. Trump faces conflicts of interest by continuing to hold on to his real estate business even as he serves in the White House. In lawsuits, Democratic lawmakers and others have accused him of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, which prevent a president from accepting government-bestowed benefits either at home or abroad.

Both the Justice Department and Mr. Trump’s lawyers have said the suits are groundless.

Trump Indonesia Real Estate Project Gets Chinese Government Ally
Trump Indonesia Real Estate Project Gets Chinese Government Ally

There is no indication that the president or the Trump Organization was involved in helping arrange the Chinese role in the Lido City project. The deal was first reported by Agence France-Presse.

The Lido resort and theme park, about 50 miles south of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, is one of two projects in the country that the Trump Organization has signed onto with Mr. Hary, who ran for vice president of Indonesia in 2014, and who is the founder and president director of MNC.

Mr. Hary, 52, is ranked 31st on Forbes magazine’s list of wealthy Indonesians, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. His business interests include television stations, newspapers, telecommunications, land development and financial services.

Mr. Hary has used the Trump brand to help add cachet to Lido City, an “integrated lifestyle resort and theme park” in the lush hills of West Java. Under the partnership with Mr. Hary, the two luxury hotels and golf resorts will bear the Trump name and a Trump company will manage them.

Mr. Hary attended Mr. Trump’s inauguration last year and stayed at his Trump International Hotel in Washington. He also arranged for two Indonesian power brokers to meet with Mr. Trump in Trump Tower, including the then-Parliament speaker, Setya Novanto, who was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison for his part in embezzling more than $170 million from a national identity card program.

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