PRESIDENT Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Minister (PM) Li Keqiang at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing, to discuss various efforts to strengthen economic cooperation.

“In the meeting with Premier Li, I hope we can discuss various cooperations, especially in the fields of trade, investment, infrastructure, finance, funding, and maritime,” said President Jokowi at Villa 5, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing, Tuesday (7/26).

Upon arrival, President Jokowi was greeted by PM Li and the two immediately took a photo together. Next, President Jokowi and PM Li together with their respective delegations headed to the meeting room.

In his introductory remarks, President Jokowi said that China is Indonesia’s strategic partner and the two countries have succeeded in filling the partnership with mutually beneficial cooperation.

Jokowi added that the value of trade between Indonesia and China continues to increase and has already exceeded US$100 billion. He hopes that this cooperation can continue to be improved.

“The opportunity to increase the number of trade is very large,” said President Jokowi.

During the meeting, the Chinese side expressed a commitment to increase imports of crude palm oil (CPO) by 1 million tons from Indonesia. In addition, China will also prioritize imports of agricultural products from Indonesia. The two leaders also discussed cooperation in the development of the Green Industrial Park in North Kalimantan.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said President Jokowi’s visit to Beijing was the first visit since the Winter Olympics in Beijing in early 2022.

“The main focus of the meeting of the two leaders is to increase mutually beneficial economic cooperation,” said Retno.

Also accompanying President Jokowi in the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of SOEs Erick Thohir, Minister of Investment/Head of BKPM Bahlil Lahadalia, and Indonesian Ambassador to Beijing Djauhari Oratmangun. [antaranews]