July 27, 2022, 05.44 PM

KOMPAS.com - Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in a rare visit to Beijing on Tuesday, July 26.

The two sides agreed to boost their trade relations as well as increase their cooperation in agriculture and food security, among other things, according to a joint statement.

China and Indonesia “have acted proactively and with a strong sense of responsibility to maintain regional peace and stability,” the statement said.

“They have thus set an example of major developing countries seeking strength through unity and win-win cooperation.”

China-Indonesian economic ties

Widodo’s visit to the Chinese capital marks the first from a foreign leader since February, when China hosted the Winter Olympics, with Russian President Vladimir Putin among those attending.

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China is Indonesia’s biggest trading partner. Chinese imports from Indonesia also increased by around a third in the first half of 2022 in comparison to the previous year.

The joint statement set out an array of fields in which the two countries aim to increase their cooperation, including the completion of the Chinese-funded Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway.

Indonesia also presents an attractive source of key materials for the world’s second-largest economy, including copper, coal, natural gas, as well as palm oil. Beijing is planning on importing an additional one million tons of crude palm oil, the Indonesian state palace said.

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