July 27, 2022, 05.44 PM

A statement from Jokowi’s office said the Indonesian president described China as Indonesia's “comprehensive strategic partner.'”

Indonesia hosts G20 summit

Jakarta is also currently holding the rotating G20 presidency. China has said it would fully back Indonesia in taking over the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year.

In his role as head of the G20 summit, Jokowi recently visited both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Also read: Indonesia’s Jokowi to Meet Xi on Rare China Trip Before G20

He said Indonesia is ready to be a “communication bridge” between the two sides.

Jokowi also invited Xi to attend the G20 summit set to take place on the island of Bali on November 15 and 16.

It is not clear if Xi will attend in person, having not left China since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

“President Xi expressed his gratitude and wished the summit a complete success,” Tuesday’s joint statement said.

Sources: Reuters, AP

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