Marsudi made the statement during a meeting with China’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi during the 14th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, December 16.
This meeting, the third in 2019, reflects the depth of bilateral relations between Indonesia and China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in an official statement received in Jakarta, Tuesday.
Yi spoke of his plan to visit Indonesia in the upcoming year to which Marsudi responded warmly.
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Through the meeting, Indonesia and China reiterated the vital role of the integrity of regional economics. Indonesia harbors expectations over it to result in some partnerships that benefit both parties.
According to the ministry’s data, China is Indonesia's largest trade partner, with bilateral trade in 2018 totaling US$72.6 billion. Moreover, the country is Indonesia's third-largest investor, with total investment reaching $2.3 billion in the same year.
Apart from matters concerning the economy, Marsudi lauded the support of China’s government to return 20 Indonesian brides trafficked since September 2019 and sought more intensive cooperation on human trafficking.
At the end of their meeting, Marsudi inquired about the situation in Xinjiang from Yi. Moreover, Yi highlighted China's commitment on the freedom to practice one’s religious beliefs, including for Muslims.(INE)
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