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Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong Meets with Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun

2021/08/12

On August 12, 2021, Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong met with Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun. Both sides exchanged views on China-Indonesia relations, pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and international and regional issues of common concern.

Liu Jinsong said that Indonesia is a "nation of islands" and a maritime transport hub, and has a thousand-year friendship with China via the Maritime Silk Road. Many renowned Chinese such as Yijing, Faxian, and Zheng He had visited Indonesia. The alignment of the Belt and Road and the Global Maritime Fulcrum is secured by the profound historical and cultural bonds between the two countries. When I was little, I could sing the Indonesian folk song "Bengawan Solo" and knew Borobudur is a Buddhist holy land. Jakarta is the first foreign capital where I paid a visit. I've been to Bukittinggi in Sumatra, a quiet and elegant city where modern Chinese writer Yu Dafu had lived. China and Indonesia are traditionally friendly neighbors and are willing to share weal and woe. During the pandemic, the two countries help and support each other and jointly respond to challenges. The bilateral trade goes up despite the adversity, reaching 53.5 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of this year, a year-on-year growth of 50.7 percent. China will continue to enhance its cooperation with Indonesia in pandemic control and development, including helping Indonesia build a regional vaccine production center, pushing ahead the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway, implementing the "regional economic corridors" and the "Two Countries, Twin Parks" projects, and expanding maritime cooperation, to further consolidate the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Indonesia.

Djauhari Oratmangun said that Indonesia and China established diplomatic relations 71 years ago, but the history of friendly exchanges between the two peoples can be traced back to a thousand years ago. It is proven that whenever Indonesia needs help, China gives hands. Recently, Indonesia is seeing the pandemic suddenly resurge and China's assistance, including oxygenerators, respirators, and lox containers, are being delivered. To take others' concerns as one's own and offer timely assistance when others are in need is how the Chinese conduct themselves. The Indonesian people will never forget the timely help from China. He believes the pandemic-tested Indonesia-China relationship will be even stronger. The China-Indonesia high-level dialogue and cooperation mechanisms push the win-win, pragmatic cooperation between the two countries to a new era driven by "four engines" namely politics, economy, culture, and ocean. Indonesia will work with China to carefully implement the results of the meetings and create more cooperation benefits for the two countries and two peoples.

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