Indonesia, China Hold Inaugural Meeting of Bilateral High-Level Dialog in Guizhou
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, who led the Indonesian delegation, held the inaugural meeting of the Indonesia and China High-Level Dialogue on Cooperation Mechanism in Guizhou Province on Saturday, June 5.
During the meeting, Luhut was accompanied by State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara, and Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Herbuwono.
The meeting, among others, discussed matters on priority, trade, economic, and investment cooperation projects stated in the High-Level Dialogue on Cooperation Mechanism.
According to Luhut, the agenda of the meeting is a form of commitment from the two countries to strengthen cooperation in responding to global challenges. Both nations agreed to build mutually beneficial cooperation related to SOEs, finance, investment, health, and maritime affairs.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that the two countries have reached a consensus to make full use of the new mechanism and add maritime cooperation into the existing cooperation plan which covers political, security, economics, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
The maritime cooperation will cover areas such as marine scientific research, maritime search and rescue, and disaster prevention.
Still in the meeting, Erick Thohir said that in the SOE sector, Indonesia and China have made several important agreements such as making Indonesia a regional hub for vaccine production, establishing medicinal raw material factories, and research and development for herbal medicines.
"This is certainly a positive plan. The commitment of this cooperation underscores the importance of being independent in the health sector to achieve national resilience," Erick said on Sunday, June 6. Erick emphasized that cooperation prioritizes the people's economy and promotes national strategic interests.