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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

On January 13, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta.

Wang Yi first expressed his condolences and sympathy over the recent crash of an Indonesian passenger plane. Noting that last year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Indonesia, Wang Yi said, the important consensus reached by the two heads of state on the joint fight against the pandemic and deepening of bilateral cooperation has charted a strategic course for the development of bilateral relations. China-Indonesia relations have stood the test of the pandemic, taking on a fresh look and opening up new prospects. China stands ready to strengthen strategic communication and exchanges across all levels and deepen all-field cooperation with Indonesia in the post-pandemic era to inject positive energy into regional and world peace, stability and development.

Wang Yi said, vaccine cooperation has become a new highlight in bilateral relations and shown the brotherly friendship between the two peoples. The two sides should seek greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the vision of the Global Maritime Fulcrum, well implement the construction of landmark projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, actively push for the building of the regional comprehensive economic corridor and help promote Indonesia's industrialization. China is willing to import more quality products that meet the market needs from Indonesia so that Indonesia can further share China's development opportunities. As representatives of emerging economies, the two countries should ride on the wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, step up cooperation in 5G, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, among other fields, and spur the sustainable economic growth of developing countries.

Wang Yi said, China is willing to work with Indonesia to enhance trust, strengthen cooperation, properly manage the situation and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, so as to turn the South China Sea truly into the sea of peace, friendship and cooperation. China is ready to actively advance the negotiations on the code of conduct in the South China Sea with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries so as to send a clear signal that both sides have the wisdom and capability to resolve the regional issue.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. By taking this opportunity, China stands ready to elevate the China-ASEAN relations, forge the Blue Economy Partnership, endorse the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as soon as possible, discuss on establishment of a closer bilateral comprehensive economic partnership and push for further quality improvement and upgrade of bilateral cooperation with ASEAN countries. The two countries had conducted fruitful cooperation during Indonesia's non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council last year. China supports Indonesia in assuming the presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) in 2022 and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with Indonesia in improving global governance and pushing globalization toward the inclusive, open and win-win development, thereby showcasing the sense of responsibility of major developing countries.

Retno expressed the willingness of her country to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership with China based on the development of bilateral ties in the past 70 years. She proposed that both sides launch consultation on action plans so as to reach consensus at an early date. Indonesia thanks China for its support and assistance during the Indonesian anti-virus battle, and hopes to carry on the cooperation with China in production of COVID-19 vaccines and traditional medicines in order to upgrade the country's health system and industrial capacity. Indonesia wishes to set up a trade working group with China to facilitate its exports of agricultural products to China and expects more investment from Chinese enterprises. Indonesia is willing to strengthen the alignment of the vision of Global Maritime Fulcrum and the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen the exchanges and cooperation with China in the fields of navigation safety, environmental protection as well as maritime search and rescue, among others. Indonesia thanks China for its strong support during Indonesia's term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council and hopes that both sides will strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism, protection of women's rights, peace and security, and global data security. It is the hope of Indonesia that peace and stability can be maintained in the South China Sea to make it the sea of peace and stability.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern. After their talks, they witnessed the signing of cooperation documents between the two countries.

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