Jakarta: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that China will support Indonesia’s efforts to become a regional center for vaccine production.
"We will work together to win this long battle against covid," said the Chinese foreign minister in a statement on Wednesday.
"Building on successful Phase III clinical trials, China will advance cooperation with Indonesia on vaccine research, procurement and production," he stated.
China's top diplomat held a bilateral meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to that, he also met with Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and paid a courtesy call on President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
The visit was part of his series of visits to several ASEAN countries.
"China will explore the strength of our respective markets and potential of our domestic demand, increase import from Indonesia as well as Chinese investment in Indonesia, and promote the sound and balanced development of bilateral trade," he stated.
"We will further align China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Indonesia’s vision for the Global Maritime Fulcrum, and strive for substantive progress in major projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor, and the Two Countries, Twin Parks," he added.
According to the Chinese official, China and Indonesia will work together to push forward regional cooperation and promote multilateralism.
"We will play our role as two major littoral states of the South China Sea by working with other ASEAN countries to promote the full and effective implementation of the DOC, push for steady progress of consultations on a COC, jointly work out regional rules that are effective, substantive and consistent with international law, and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea," he explained.
"Covid-19 teaches us that all countries live in a community with a shared future, and that multilateral institutions are more important than ever. Both China and Indonesia are developing countries in the G20. China will give full support to Indonesia in hosting the G20 summit next year," he said.