Chinese ambassador to Indonesia: President Widodo's China visit to boost bilateral ties
Updated 22:42, 23-Jul-2022

Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Lu Kang said on Friday that Indonesian President Joko Widodo's upcoming visit to China will boost ties between the two countries.

According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement, Widodo is scheduled to visit China starting Monday, becoming the first foreign head of state to visit the country after the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Widodo's visit reflects the level of the strategic relationship between China and Indonesia as well as the high importance attached to the bilateral ties by both the Chinese and Indonesian governments, Lu said in an interview with CMG. Lu was appointed ambassador earlier this year.

"Meetings between the [two] heads of state always provide strategic guidance and strong impetus for the development of bilateral relations," Lu said, hailing the close high-level political exchanges between the two sides.

Widodo is set to talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, discussing "bilateral relations and major regional and international issues."

'Inclusive cooperation'

When asked to comment on the newly-established Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), which is widely considered as an effort to counter the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Lu slammed the attempt to pursue "special interest" under the name of regional cooperation.

PGII, launched earlier this month by the Group of Seven (G7) countries led by the United States, has promised a sum of $600 billion for the construction of global infrastructure by 2027.

While some believe the framework could potentially strengthen Southeast Asia's submarine telecommunications cable connection with Western Europe along with Southeast Asia's power networks, if the bloc can live up to their commitment, Lu called the cooperation "exclusionary."

"The kind of cooperation we are championing is inclusive, and we are not like certain countries who attempt to push a type of exclusionary cooperation through the 'small yard, high fence', 'parallel development' or 'decoupling' approaches because such type of cooperation is aimed at putting some developing countries in a difficult spot where they are forced to answer an either/or question and choose sides," Lu elaborated.

"I believe that when these countries join, they know very well where their interests lie, and they know very well what kind of policy they should adopt," the ambassador added.

(Cover: Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Lu Kang in an interview with CMG, July 22, 2022. /CMG)

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