China, Indonesia vow to deepen ties in vaccines, BRI, marine security
Published: Apr 02, 2021 09:02 PM


 China and Indonesia will deepen vaccine cooperation, push forward on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects and enhance cooperation in the marine field, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi agreed, during a meeting in East China's Fujian Province on Friday.

China is deepening cooperation with Indonesia on vaccines and discussing proceeding with mutual recognition for health codes to facilitate  personnel exchange as early as possible. Wang hopes that Indonesia can support the implementation of China's "Spring Seedling Action" in Indonesia, making Chinese citizens in the country   receive their COVID-19 vaccines earlier.

China and Indonesia are both major developing countries and emerging economies that share broad common interests and similar development concepts. China is ready to work with Indonesia to strengthen coordination in regional and international affairs and contribute more to the stability and development of Asia and the world in the post-pandemic era, Wang said.

Both sides should deepen cooperation on the BRI and Indonesia-initiated Global Maritime Fulcrum (GMF), speed up the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway and other large projects, expand the trade scale, restart the regional economic development engine, and strengthen the digital economy, including big data and cloud computing, 5G and smart city construction for both sides, Wang said.

Ministers stressed the need to advance cooperation in navigation safety, marine environmental protection, fishery and search and rescue to achieve mutual benefits and create highlights in maritime cooperation. China is ready to discuss the establishment of a bilateral comprehensive economic partnership with Indonesia.

Wang suggested that China is ready to work with ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, to push forward the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and take the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN to upgrade the level of China-ASEAN ties. 

China supports Indonesia in hosting the G20 Summit next year and stands ready to continue to maintain sound cooperation with Indonesia under multilateral mechanisms and jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, Wang said, which was appreciated by Retno Marsudi.

The two ministers exchanged ideas on the Myanmar situation during the talks, confirming that both sides will support ASEAN's continued efforts to promote peace talks with  the "ASEAN way," and both support the early convening of a special ASEAN leaders' meeting for mediation.

Global Times