Bogor, W. Java (ANTARA News) - China`s Prime Minister Li Keqiang has called on Chinese firms investing in Indonesia to give priority to recruiting local workers in their respective companies.

"We have called on Chinese companies investing in Indonesia to employ mostly Indonesian workers," Li stated at a joint press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Monday.

Li noted that with more job opportunities in Indonesia, both countries could benefit from the investment.

On the other hand, the premier has called on the Indonesian government to simplify the administrative process for Chinese firms to invest in the country.

The bilateral meeting between President Widodo and Premier Li also discussed issues on cooperation in Halal food and Muslim fashion.

"We are pleased to invest in Indonesia in Halal food and Muslim fashion. Thus, together we can develop third markets," Li remarked.

He believed that the cooperation can be improved further, as the Muslim population in China has reached 20 million.

PM Li has expressed hope that China`s cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would bring significant and strategic results.

China has stressed its commitment to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.

"Despite any dispute or disagreement, we will surely cooperate to maintain stability in the region," he emphasized.

Meanwhile, President Widodo noted that the ASEAN, which contributed significantly to peace and stability in the region, must improve its performance.

The president has also called on China to support Palestine in its fight for freedom.

PM Li is on a state visit to Indonesia on May 6-8. Li was scheduled to visit the ASEAN Secretariat and attend the Indonesia-China Business Summit.

Reported by Bayu Prasetyo

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