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Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia

On February 17, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia while attending the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Wang Yi said that last year, President Xi Jinping met again with President Joko Widodo in Hangzhou, reaching new important consensus on further deepening bilateral relations. Seeing that China and Indonesia are comprehensive strategic partners, under the new situation, the Chinese side is willing to work with the Indonesian side to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state and enhance exchanges and cooperation to push bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership for in-depth development. Indonesia is an important country along the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, and the two countries should further dock development strategies in order to achieve common development. It is hoped that the two sides could jointly carry forward the landmark project of mutually beneficial cooperation-the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway.

Retno Marsudi expressed that the relationship between Indonesia and China enjoys sound development. Having a strong will to develop bilateral relations in an all-round manner, Indonesia is willing to, together with China, deepen the existing dialogue mechanisms and better dovetail Indonesia's strategy of Global Maritime Axis with China’s "Maritime Silk Road" initiative, so as to further improve the quality and level of bilateral cooperation in investment, agriculture and maritime affairs.

On China-ASEAN relations, Wang Yi said that this year, bilateral relations enter into a new 25 years, and the ASEAN will also embrace its 50th anniversary. China is willing to work with relevant ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, to focus on cooperation, eliminate interference and promote the upgrade of China-ASEAN relations. On the basis of fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), China is willing to accelerate the negotiation of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).

Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia welcomes China and the ASEAN to actively advance the negotiation of the COC. Indonesia is willing to maintain consultations and communication with China and step up maritime cooperation, so as to jointly send the positive signal that the two countries are capable of safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea to the outside world.

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