China and Indonesia commit to elevating strategic partnership during high-level talks

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) met Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto (left) in Jakarta, Indonesia today. Picture credit: CFP

18th April 2024 – (Jakarta) China and Indonesia have pledged to deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership. The commitment was underscored during a meeting in Jakarta between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indonesia’s President-elect Prabowo Subianto on Thursday.

Wang Yi, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, emphasized China’s longstanding policy of prioritising Indonesia within its regional diplomacy framework. He affirmed China’s support for Indonesia’s enhanced role in global and regional platforms and expressed readiness to bolster bilateral efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

“China is dedicated to fostering higher levels of strategic trust with Indonesia, supporting mutual modernization drives, and taking our strategic partnership to new heights,” Wang stated during his discussions.

On his part, President-elect Prabowo expressed gratitude for China’s hospitality and articulated his aspirations for advancing strategic cooperation between the two nations.

Wang Yi’s visit to Indonesia also included meetings with President Joko Widodo and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. These discussions further explored avenues for deepening ties, focusing on the synergy between their development strategies and enhancing practical cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Wang reiterated China’s commitment to supporting Indonesian sovereignty and territorial integrity and encouraged the continuation of reciprocal support for each other’s core interests. He highlighted China’s willingness to increase imports of high-quality Indonesian products and urged Indonesia to create a conducive environment for Chinese enterprises.

For her part, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi affirmed Indonesia’s commitment to the one-China policy and expressed enthusiasm for strengthening the strategic partnership, with a focus on enhancing economic ties and joint efforts in combating transnational crimes.