China’s President Xi Jinping commented on Indonesia’s high-speed rail Whoosh in a meeting with President Joko Widodo or Jokowi in Beijing on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
According to Xi, China is willing to expand and strengthen cooperation with Indonesia in emerging industries such as the digital economy, photovoltaics, and new energy vehicles.
China is also willing to boost imports of Indonesia’s agricultural and fishery products, Xi said in a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, according to state media China Central Television.
Xi said the two sides should deepen the integration of industrial and supply chains and jointly promote the construction of a “regional comprehensive economic corridor.”
The Chinese president also commented on Indonesia’s first bullet train, Whoosh. Xi labeled the high-speed railway a “golden brand” of China-Indonesia cooperation in building the Belt and Road in his talks with Jokowi, who has made trips to China over the past few months.
Jokowi said Indonesia regards China as an important strategic partner in national economic development and construction, and “looks forward to further strengthening communication and cooperation with China,” state media reported.
Xi Jinping said the two sides should work closely together to safeguard the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) centrality, promote open regionalism, and demonstrate the responsibility of major developing countries.
Earlier this month, President Jokowi inaugurated a $7.3 billion high-speed railway connecting Jakarta and Bandung.
Source : Tempo.co