JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – President Joko Widodo on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with the host of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Xi Jinping in Beijing. On the same day, President Joko Widodo also met with Prime Minister of PRC Li Kequang.
Kompas reported, citing a media statement of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, that both leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in various sectors.
President Joko Widodo highlighted a wider opportunity for China’s business people to take part in the infrastructure development in Indonesia. In addition, the President also expressed Indonesia’s interest to join as a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
The Foreign Ministry said that both leaders, Joko Widodo and Xi Jinping, talked about the maritime connectivity between Indonesia and China.
In addition, both leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in security and law enforcement, such as anti-corruption and anti-terrorism activities. Both also agreed to strengthen relations in culture areas and relations between the people of the two countries, including by establishing cultural centers in cities and provincial capitals in both countries.
In the meeting, President Widodo also invited President Xi Jinping to visit Indonesia next year to celebrate 60th year anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference as well as celebrating the 65th year anniversary of the diplomatic relation between Indonesia and China.
PRC President Xi Jinping said that he is confident that Indonesia under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, who is elected in a democratic election process, will be better off and play active role in regional and international fora. He also pins his hopes that the relationship between the two countries will improve under Joko Widodo’s leadership.
In a meeting with the Indonesian President, President Xi Jinping expressed his happiness in meeting with the Indonesian President. He also congratulated President Joko Widodo as the 7th Indonesia’s president.
President Xi Jinping cited an Indonesian phrase, “Jauh di mata, dekat di hati”, meaning that both are apart in distance, but actually closer at heart. Both countries are separated by an ocean and sea waves, but this condition will not stop the two countries to forge business relations. The sailing of the Chinese legend Commodore Ceng Ho to Java centuries ago and the Asia-Africa Conference have proved that.
“Both countries have forged in-depth relationship and respect each other as neighbours and old friends. “China always prioritize and maintain relation with Indonesia, as well as consider Indonesia as a trusted strategic partner,” President Xi Jinping was quoted by Kompas daily as saying.
On the same day, President Joko Widodo also met with Prime Minister of PRC Li Kequang. Both agreed to hold routine dialogue forum on economy, to be jointly held by the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for the Economy and China’s Deputy Prime Minister office.
In his official Facebook page, President Joko Widodo said that the relationship between Indonesia and China has been going on for hundreds of years. This can become a basis for the two countries to forge a comprehensive strategic partnership.
“Going forward, I hope that this comprehensive strategic partnership can become more concretes. If this comprehensive strategic partnership is realized, it will give benefits to the people of the two countries,” President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, said.
President Joko Widodo will be in Beijing to attend APEC Summit, which is being held from Nov 8. To Nov. 12. Then, the President will attend ASEAN Summit in Myanmar on Nov 12-14 and G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane, Australia on Nov 15-16, 2014. (*)