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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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The Suharto Inc. Network

All the president's men -- and women

BY DESIGN OR BY coincidence, many Indonesians in big business are linked to the president. Some key components -- and cross-holdings -- of Suharto Inc.:


Liem Sioe Liong, 80. Has known the president since the 1950s. Controls Indonesia's largest conglomerate as well as a host of businesses regionwide. One of Asia's richest men.

Mohamed "Bob" Hasan, 65. Ties with Suharto and the army helped him secure a big chunk of the lucrative forestry sector. The president's weekly golfing buddy.


Suharto's half-brother, Probosu-tedjo, 66. Once commanded the clove import monopoly. Retains interests in glass and autos.

Sudwikatmono, 61, the president's cousin. His Subentra group holds the monopoly in film import and distribution. Board member of Indocement and Indofood, two major Liem companies.


Siti Hardyanti Rukmana (Tutut), 47, the eldest child. Controls listed Citra Lamtoro, which is involved in a wide range of businesses at home and abroad. Shareholder in Liem's Bank Central Asia, while husband Indra Rukmana has a sizable stake in the listed Bimantara group of Tutut's brother, Bambang.

Sigit Harjojudanto, at 44 the eldest son. Also holds slice of Bank Central Asia as well as 40% of brother Tommy's Humpuss group. Involved with British Petroleum.

Bambang Trihatmodjo, 43. His Bimantara group is strong in shipping, electronics, satellites and entertainment. Irked by national car project recently awarded to Tommy.

Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy), 34, major owner with brother Sigit of Humpuss. The company is in practically everything -- oil, gas, aviation, toll-road construction and agribusiness. Succeeded uncle Pro-bosutedjo in the clove business as head of the Clove Marketing Board. Handed unprecedented wai-vers for national car project.

Siti Hediati Harijadi (Titiek), 37. Married to the fast-rising Brig.-Gen. Prabowo Subianto. Growing interests with brother-in-law Hashim Djojohadikusumo.

Siti Hutami Endang Adiningsih (Mamie), 31. Novice compared with her siblings. Only known contract -- so far -- is a North Jakarta land reclamation project.


Ari Sigit, 25, Sigit's son. In fertilizer and beer. Farmers say fertilizer prices have increased since he entered the business. Unsuccess-fully tried to impose a levy on beer sales in Bali. His permit was withdrawn, but he retains distribution rights elsewhere in the country.

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Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

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Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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