Wang Yi and Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan Co-chair the Inaugural Meeting of the China-Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism

On June 5, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indonesian president's special envoy and Indonesia's coordinator for cooperation with China Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the China-Indonesia high-level dialogue cooperation mechanism in Guiyang.

Wang Yi said Indonesia is a major developing country and an important emerging economy, China always views China-Indonesia relations from a strategic perspective and develops China-Indonesia cooperation from a global perspective. Since last year, President Xi Jinping and President Joko Widodo have talked on the phone four times to discuss bilateral cooperation in fighting the pandemic and development, which pushed for new progress in China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership. This meeting marks the establishment of the comprehensive high-level cooperation mechanism between the two countries. It is a great event and good thing in bilateral relations and an important measure taken by the two sides to implement the consensus reached by the heads of state.

Wang Yi said over the past year and a half, China and Indonesia have worked together to tackle the challenge of the pandemic, taking the lead in carrying out vaccine cooperation and setting an example for the international community to work together to fight the pandemic. The two sides have further aligned the development strategies, jointly promoted development cooperation and contributed impetus to regional economic recovery. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor are moving smoothly. The Two Countries Twin Parks were launched on schedule. Trade and investment cooperation has been growing against the trend. China has been Indonesia's largest trading partner for 10 years in a row and remains Indonesia's second largest source of investment. The two sides should take the establishment of the China-Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism as an opportunity to better plan bilateral cooperation in various fields, pool more resources, and form greater synergy to lift bilateral relations to a new height.

Wang Yi said on the occasion of the first meeting, we should set the long-term goal of jointly building a China-Indonesia community with a shared future, focus on political security, trade and investment, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, maritime cooperation and anti-epidemic and public health cooperation, so as to kick off a good start of the mechanism and open up a new situation of all-round development of China-Indonesia relations.

Luhut agreed and said that cooperation between Indonesia and China in various fields has made rapid progress and achieved remarkable results in recent years. Indonesia believes that in the face of global challenges, the two sides should step up cooperation and push for new progress in bilateral relations in the spirit of a community with a shared future, so as to help build an Indonesia-China community with a shared future.

Luhut said the establishment of the Indonesia-China High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism will provide a platform for closer dialogue between government departments of the two countries and provide new support for more effective cooperation between the two countries. He thanked China for its strong support to Indonesia in fighting the pandemic and looked forward to closer cooperation in vaccine research, development and production so as to jointly benefit the people of the two countries and the region. Indonesia is ready to work with China to accelerate the joint construction of the Belt and Road, deepen the construction of the "Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor", push for the completion of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway on schedule, deepen cooperation in fishery, trade and investment, public health, aviation, space and maritime, strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges and consolidate the foundation of friendship.

Luhut said Indonesia adheres to the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs. Indonesia is ready to strengthen religious exchanges with China to help the Indonesian people and the international community have a better understanding of the development and progress of China's Xinjiang. He hopes that the two sides will strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs and jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.

After the meeting, Wang Yi and Luhut jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding between China and Indonesia on Establishing a High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism and the Memorandum of Understanding between China and Indonesia on Strengthening Maritime Cooperation. The two sides exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Cooperation on the Construction of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of the Joint Committee for Cooperation on the Construction of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor.

Chinese deputy secretary-general of the State Council Peng Shujie, member of the Leading Party Members Group of China's National Health Commission Yu Yanhong, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao, Chinese Assistant Minister of Commerce Ren Hongbin, Indonesian Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Erick Thohir, Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Investment Bahlil Lahadalia and other officials attended the relevant events.

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