Madrid: 2020 is the 70th anniversary of relations between Indonesia and the People's Republic of China (PRC).
"This celebration can be an important momentum in strengthening the RI-PRC Comprehensive Strategic Partnership," said Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi.
The statement was made by Foreign Minister Retno during a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the 14th Asia Europe Meeting Foreign Minister Meeting (ASEM FMM) in Madrid, Spain on Monday, December 16.
Based on the written statement received by Medcom.id on Tuesday 17 December 2019, this meeting was the third time between the Indonesian Foreign Minister and the PRC this year. This indicates the high intensity of cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Wang Yi conveyed plans to visit Indonesia in early 2020. The Indonesian Foreign Minister welcomed the plan.
In addition, Indonesia and the PRC stressed the importance of regional economic integration. Indonesia hopes that economic integration can produce a win-win cooperation.
Foreign Minister Retno also appreciated the Government of the PRC for the repatriation process of 20 Indonesian citizens who were victims of the bride order scheme since September 2019. Looking ahead, cooperation in handling human trafficking needs to be improved by the two countries.
At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister Retno asked for information regarding the development of the situation in Xinjiang. The Chinese Foreign Minister stressed that the religious freedom of Muslims in Xinjiang is guaranteed by the state.
China is Indonesia's largest trading partner, with total trade value between Indonesia and China in 2018 reaching USD72.6 billion. In addition, China is the third largest foreign investor, with a total investment value in 2018 reaching USD 2.3 billion.
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