Meeting Xi Jinping, President Jokowi Discussed Trade to Digital Economy

Port Moresby, 17 November 2018: President Joko Widodo has met with the President of the People's Republic of China (PRC) Xi Jinping in a bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the APEC Summit. The meeting was held at Stanley Hotel, Port Moresby, Saturday evening (17/11).

Starting the meeting, President Jokowi congratulated President Xi Jinping for the success of the PRC in holding an international export exhibition in Shanghai that recently took place.

“I would like to congratulate on the holding of the 1st China International Import Export Expo in Shanghai recently, wherein Indonesia became “the Country of Honor," said the President.

Moreover, the President also appreciated the PRC for expressing sympathy and cooperation, which were given in handling the natural disasters in Lombok and Central Sulawesi.

Further the two heads of state discussed several issues related to the relations between the two countries. The President hopes, that in the field of trade, both countries could work together to overcome the trade deficit between Indonesia and the PRC through various ways, including facilitation of exporting tropical fruits from Indonesia to the PRC, such as fresh fruits like pineapple, dragon fruit, avocado, rambutan, mango, banana and durian.

“Facilitation of of importing swallow nests from Indonesia," he said further.

The President also hoped for the sustainable exports of palm oil and its derivative products, including the cooperation in developing biodiesel such as biofuel B5, B20 and in replanting oil palms. In addition, the President wanted the PRC not to apply quota or anti-dumping for Indonesian manufactured products such as steel.

“I also hope that Your Excellency could encourage the PRC's tourists to visit Indonesia, especially to Bali and to  New Bali 10," he added.

The two Heads of State also discussed the cooperation in the field of investment, including to develop industry 4.0.

In this bilateral meeting, the President was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, the Minister of State Pratikno, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board Thomas Lembong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Papua New Guinea Ronald J.P. Manik, Director General of Asia Pacific and African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Desra Percaya, and Presidential Special Staff Adita Irawati. (Source: Presidential Secretariat)​