President Jokowi Meets Premier Li at Beijing
Starting his working visit to the People’s Republic of China, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Tuesday (07/26) had a bilateral meeting with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China United Arab Li Keqiang at Villa 5, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing.
Upon his arrival, President Jokowi, accompanied by the Chinese Premier, immediately have a group photo session followed by a tête-à-tête meeting.
In his introductory remarks, the President expressed appreciation to Premier Li since PRC has become Indonesia’s strategic partner and the two countries have succeeded in filling the partnership with mutually beneficial cooperation.
“In the meeting with Premier Li, I hope we can discuss various cooperation, especially in the sector of trade, investment, infrastructure, finance, funding, and maritime,” President Jokowi said, adding that the trade value between two countries continues to rise and has exceeded US$100 billion.
The Head of State also expressed hope that the cooperation can always be improved. “The opportunity to increase the trade figures is very large,” he remarked.
For the record, the PRC in the meeting has expressed commitment to increase imports of 1 million tons of CPO from Indonesia and will prioritize imports of agricultural products from Indonesia. The two leaders also discussed cooperation in the development of the Green Industrial Park in North Kalimantan.
In the meantime, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi stated that President Jokowi’s visit to Beijing is the first visit by a world leader after the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the meeting had the main focus on increasing economic cooperation that was mutually beneficial to the two countries. (BPMI Presidential Secretariat/AIT) (GWH/LW)