China and Indonesia to jointly push for major landmark projects on transportation, vaccine: FM
Published: Jul 11, 2022 06:14 AM
China Indonesia Photo:VCG
China Indonesia Photo:VCG

China and Indonesia will jointly accelerate cooperation on several major landmark infrastructure projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), including the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway and the "Two Countries, Twin Parks," as agreed by both sides at the Second Meeting of the China-Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism in Indonesia on Saturday. 

Co-hosted by the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, and Indonesia's Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Coordinating Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the meeting addressed some of the most concerning world issues, such as food safety, and extended the needs for further strengthening cooperation between China and Indonesia over infrastructure, supply and value chain integration and boosting the world economic recovery. The Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi also attended the meeting.

China-ASEAN trade volume hit a new record in 2021 as ASEAN's largest trading partner for 13 consecutive years. Meanwhile,  the increase in trade volume between China and Indonesia ranked first among ASEAN countries, up a significant 58 percent year-on-year.

During Saturday's meeting, both sides extended their satisfaction with the fruitful results in bilateral economic and trade cooperation, especially the increase in trade, while pledging to continue to promote more balanced and high-quality development of economic and trade cooperation.

The two sides will speed up the cooperation in landmark BRI projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway and the "Two Countries, Twin Parks."

This came just two weeks since the No.1 Casting Yard of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway completed the erection of 1,018 box girders on July 27, laying a solid foundation for the completion of the railway project in June 2023, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Anti-epidemic cooperation will also be strengthened. At the meeting, Wang said that China supports Indonesia in building a regional vaccine center and is willing to help Indonesia increase its vaccine production capacity and promote the joint construction of a joint research center for vaccines and genes.

Other cooperation areas will also be expanded and strengthened, such as digital economy green development, agriculture, poverty reduction, and food security.