Indonesia-China ties to strengthen under next government: Luhut

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination Luhut Binsar Pandijaitan He expressed hope that Indonesia-China relations will strengthen and reach a higher level under the next administration of the president and vice president-elect.

„In the next government period, I believe that Indonesia will ensure the continuity of President Joko of Widodo policies and maintain strong friendly relations and constructive cooperation with China,” he said in a statement from his ministry on Sunday.

He made this statement in his opening address for the 4th High Level Dialogue and Cooperation Mechanism.HDCMIndonesia and China in eastern Labuan Bajo Nusa Southeast, Friday (April 19).

HDCM is at the heart of the global maritime fulcrum and the partnership between the two countries on the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Luhut added that the two countries hope to develop their relations based on mutual trust, mutual respect and mutual benefits.

The Minister expressed hope that President G Xi Jinping will lead China to a higher level of modernization.

4 believed that HDCM As a forum to support the continuation of the Indonesia-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that resulted in Jakarta-Bandung
„Hoosh” high speed train will be operational from October 17, 2023.

In the last three months, the average number of Hush passengers has reached 15,000 per day. During the peak of the 2024 Eid homecoming exodus, the number reached 21,422, a 34 percent increase.

Luhut later praised China for its consistent support for Indonesia's energy transition, industrialization and mineral downstream.

„The Indonesian government is committed to providing incentives and support policies related to strategic industries, including petrochemical investments in North Kalimantan. We hope to have projects implemented in the province by mid-2024,” he said.

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Indonesia is always open to investors from other countries who want to participate in the development of strategic projects in North Kalimantan, Luhut added.

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