Jakarta: The Chinese government helped with the evacuation of Indonesian citizens from the country's Hubei Province. Director of East Asia and the Pacific from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Santo Darmosumarto said much was done by the Chinese government in the process of returning the Indonesian citizens.
"We evacuated our citizens and we were assisted by China. If we were not assisted by the Chinese government, we may not be able to do it," said Santo in his office, Jakarta on Monday, February 3, 2020.
According to Santo, Chinese authorities helped the advance team from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing to pick up Indonesian citizens. They sent local officers to assist with the evacuation process.
In addition, buses rented to pick up Indonesian citizens were provided by the provincial government. The special buses were allowed to enter the closed areas.
"Their support was good which facilitated the evacuation," he added.
Therefore, in her statement after a limited meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Halim Perdanakusumah, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi expressed his great appreciation for the help from the Chinese government.
A total of 238 Indonesians has been evacuated from Wuhan and various regions in Hubei Province. Currently they are being quarantined in Natuna regency, Riau Islands province.
However, there are seven Indonesian citizens who are still living in the Hubei region. Four Indonesian citizens did not take part in the evacuation process due to personal reasons, while three others did not pass the health screening process at Wuhan airport.
Nevertheless, the conditions of the seven Indonesian citizens are still being monitored by the Indonesian government. These Indonesians are in their dormitories and their own homes and not quarantined in hospitals.