Beijing, China (ANTARA) - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit Indonesia, Cambodia, and Papua New Guinea on April 18-23 to elevate Beijing's bilateral relations with the three countries to a new level, a spokesman stated.

China has worked with Indonesia and Cambodia to build China-Indonesia and China-Cambodia community with a shared future, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian noted at a regular press conference here, Tuesday.

China has also worked with Papua New Guinea to advance comprehensive strategic partnership and deepened Belt and Road cooperation, he told local and foreign journalists at the regular press briefing.

As part of his visit agenda, Yi would chair the 4th meeting of the China-Indonesia High-Level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism and the 7th Meeting of the China-Cambodia Intergovernmental Coordination Committee.

"China, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Papua New Guinea are all situated in the Asia-Pacific. We are all developing countries," he remarked.

Under the strategic guidance of head-of-state diplomacy, China's relations with the three countries have maintained robust momentum of growth and enjoyed mutual respect and benefits, equality, and common development.

Jian further stated that through Yi's visit, China looks forward to implementing the important common understandings reached between President Xi Jinping and the leaders of the three countries.

China also looks forward to conducting high-quality Belt and Road cooperation and pursuing deeper and more substantive progress in the building of China-Indonesia and China-Cambodia community with a shared future.

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Born in October 1953, Yi does not only hold the ministerial post for foreign affairs but is also known as a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs.

According to China's Foreign Ministry's official website, Yi, who holds a Master of Economics degree, began his first job in September 1969 and joined the CPC in May 1981. 

Regarding Indonesia-China relations, President-elect Prabowo Subianto, who is currently the defense minister, had paid an official visit to China from March 31 to April 2.

The visit to Beijing was his first official trip in the aftermath of his landslide victory in the 2024 Presidential Election as announced by Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) on March 20.

During the visit, Prabowo met with China's President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Qiang, and Defense Minister Dong Jun.

He also visited a school in Dongcheng District, Beijing, to witness first-hand the provision of free lunch meals for students by the school canteen, as it is part of his presidential campaign pledges.

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