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China to boost trade, cooperation with Indonesia

JAKARTA (AFP) – Chinese Premier Li Qiang met Indonesia’s president for talks on Friday, agreeing to boost cooperation and trade including expanding imports from Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, Chinese state media reported.

Li met with Joko Widodo in the Indonesian capital Jakarta after leaders’ summits this week with ASEAN.

The Chinese premier said Beijing would deepen practical cooperation and strategic mutual trust with Jakarta including expanding imports of bulk commodities, and agricultural and fishery products, Xinhua reported.

He told Widodo that Beijing would work with Jakarta on several new joint flagship projects of its Belt and Road Initiative that would push relations to a new level, Xinhua reported. He also said China was ready to work with Indonesia to prepare for the operation of a high-speed railway funded by Beijing that is set to open later this year after delays, running from capital Jakarta to the Javan city of Bandung.

China’s Premier Li Qiang and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo attend a welcome ceremomy at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AFP