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President Xi Jinping Holds Talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo
2022-07-26 20:22

On the afternoon of 26 July, President Xi Jinping held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. In a warm and friendly atmosphere, the two presidents had a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views and reached a series of important common understandings on China-Indonesia relations and on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

President Xi noted that President Widodo is the first head of state China hosts after the Beijing Olympic Winter Games. This speaks volumes about the strong commitment of the two sides to growing their bilateral ties. In recent years, under the joint guidance of the two presidents, the China-Indonesia relationship has enjoyed robust growth, demonstrating great resilience and vitality. Strategic mutual trust has been further consolidated, and the four-pillar cooperation, namely political, economic, people-to-people and maritime cooperation, has kept deepening. The two sides have acted proactively and with a strong sense of responsibility to maintain regional peace and stability and promote international unity and cooperation. They have thus set an example of major developing countries seeking strength through unity and win-win cooperation. Facts have proven that a sound China-Indonesia relationship not only serves the shared long-term interests of the two countries, but also has positive, far-reaching impacts regionally and globally. Currently, the Chinese people are working toward the second centenary goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects, while the Indonesian people are actively pursuing Vision 2045. President Xi expressed his readiness to work with President Widodo and continue steering the steady and sustained growth of bilateral relations from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, in order to bring greater benefits to the two peoples and make greater contribution to peace and stability in the region and beyond.

President Xi noted that China and Indonesia are at similar development stages, have entwined interests, follow similar philosophies and development paths, and share a closely connected future. Building a China-Indonesia community with a shared future is the common aspiration and expectation of the two peoples. President Xi expressed his delight that the two sides have decided on this overall direction. Under this overarching goal, China will work with Indonesia to cement strategic mutual trust and firmly support each other in defending sovereignty, security and development interests, in exploring development paths in line with national conditions, and in growing the economy and bettering people’s lives. The two sides need to further deepen high-quality Belt and Road cooperation for more fruitful outcomes. They need to strive for completing the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway on schedule and to high standards, and ensure good implementation of such major cooperation projects as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor and the “Two Countries, Twin Parks”. China will continue to fully support Indonesia in building a regional vaccine production hub, and will step up public health cooperation with Indonesia. China is willing to import more commodities and quality agro- and by-products from Indonesia. China will take an active part in the development of Indonesia’s new capital and the North Kalimantan Industrial Park, expand cooperation in development financing, and cultivate new growth drivers in digital economy and green development, among other areas.

President Xi pointed out that facing changes in the world that are unfolding in ways like never before, China and Indonesia need to stand together in solidarity, fulfill the responsibilities of major developing countries, follow true multilateralism, uphold open regionalism, and contribute Oriental wisdom and Asia’s input to the development of global governance. China fully supports Indonesia in hosting the G20 Bali Summit, and will increase coordination and cooperation with Indonesia for a full success of the Summit. China will give full support to Indonesia’s ASEAN chairmanship next year, and will enhance solidarity and coordination with ASEAN, with a focus on the five proposals on building our home together, to further unleash new dynamism of the China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership. China welcomes Indonesia’s continued active participation in “BRICS Plus” cooperation. China appreciates Indonesia’s support for and commitment to the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, and is ready for closer communication and cooperation with Indonesia in this regard.

President Widodo wished the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China a complete success, and expressed his confidence that China will score even greater achievements under the strong leadership of President Xi. Indonesia and China are comprehensive strategic partners with an important goal of jointly building a community with a shared future. Their cooperation is mutually beneficial, not only serving the two peoples well but also contributing significantly to peace and development in the region and beyond. In an international landscape full of uncertainties, the sound cooperation between Indonesia and China has demonstrated the strategic nature of the bilateral relations. It adds positive energy to the region and the entire world. Indonesia will work with China to keep deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership and make still greater contribution to regional peace and global development. Indonesia admires China’s remarkable accomplishments in poverty alleviation and wants to draw on China’s successful experience. China is welcome to take an active part in the development of Indonesia’s new capital and the North Kalimantan Green Industrial Park, seek greater strategic synergy between the Global Maritime Fulcrum and the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen cooperation in such areas as investment, technology, vaccine and medical and health care. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is a symbol of Indonesia’s rapid development. Indonesia is ready to work with China to ensure that it is completed and put into operation on schedule and becomes another milestone in bilateral friendship. President Widodo thanked China for supporting Indonesia’s G20 presidency. Indonesia will maintain close coordination with China for the success of the G20 Bali Summit. As the ASEAN rotating chair next year, Indonesia is ready to make active efforts for the growth of ASEAN-China relations.

The two presidents also exchanged views on issues including the Ukraine crisis. They shared the view that the international community should create conditions for peace talks, play a constructive role in deescalating the situation in Ukraine and stabilizing the global economic order, and work together to maintain the hard-won peace and stability in the region.

The two sides issued a Joint Press Statement on the Bilateral Meeting between President of the People’s Republic of China and President of the Republic of Indonesia. They also signed an MOU on jointly promoting cooperation between the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative and the Global Maritime Fulcrum, and other cooperation documents covering such areas as vaccine, green development, cyber security and ocean.

On the evening of the same day, President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan hosted a dinner for President Joko Widodo and Mrs. Iriana Joko Widodo.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng were present at these events.

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