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Wang Yi Meets with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

On June 7, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Chongqing.

Wang Yi said, Indonesia is a major developing country and an emerging economy. China attaches great importance to its relations with Indonesia. You have paid more visits to China than any other foreign minister since the outbreak of the COVID-19, which fully demonstrates the high density of exchanges and interactions between China and Indonesia and the high level of mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries. The two sides just held a successful inaugural meeting of the China-Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism in Guiyang and achieved a series of important outcomes. I'm ready to continue to work closely with you to push forward the China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership, strengthen the power of developing countries and make new contributions to peace and development of the region and the world at large.

Wang Yi said, China and Indonesia have always been at the forefront of vaccine cooperation in the region. China supports Indonesia in becoming a regional vaccine production center and will deepen cooperation with Indonesia on the whole industrial chain including vaccine research and development, production and distribution. This will help promote the fair and reasonable distribution of vaccines worldwide, resist "vaccine nationalism" and safeguard the right to life and health of people in developing countries.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the dialogue relations between China and the ASEAN countries. China looks forward to working with Indonesia to make this Special Foreign Ministers' Meeting a success, take stock of the important experience in the past 30 years, and discuss the strategic development direction for the next 30 years, injecting new impetus into China-ASEAN relations. China will firmly support ASEAN to take the central position in regional cooperation and play a bigger role in regional and international affairs.

Retno expressed her congratulation on the success of the inaugural meeting of the China-Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism, saying that, the establishment of this new mechanism will help the two sides better coordinate cooperation in various fields and push for greater development of Indonesia-China comprehensive strategic partnership in the new era. Indonesia thanks China for its valuable support in the fight against COVID-19, in particular for its large-scale vaccine cooperation with Indonesia, and hopes that China will continue to support Indonesia's efforts to build a regional vaccine production center. Indonesia attaches great importance to the development of ASEAN-China relations and hopes to conduct more substantive cooperation with China to push for an early recovery of the regional economy, maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, better cope with the challenges in the post-pandemic era and achieve greater mutual benefit and win-win results.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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