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Chinese PM to visit Indonesia

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 2, 2018   /   10:30 am
Chinese PM  to visit Indonesia Closer ties: Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (second left) holds a discussion with China Prime Minister Li Keqiang (second right) on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing, China, on April 12. (Courtesy of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry/File)

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is set to visit Indonesia from May 6 to 8, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday in a statement as quoted by kompas.com.

Chunying said Li’s visit to Indonesia was to fulfill President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s invitation and would be a reciprocal visit.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in a previous statement that Li was scheduled to meet with President Jokowi on May 6.

“He still has several activities in Indonesia on May 7 to 8, but on May 8, he will have to depart for another country,” said Luhut as quoted by Antara in Beijing on April 14.

From Indonesia, PM Li will fly to Japan to fulfill Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation and attend a meeting of leaders of three countries, namely China, Japan and South Korea.

Li had conveyed his planned visit to Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi when he welcomed the latter at his office in Beijing on Feb.9.

During his visit, Li, who was reelected in March, will discuss the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia.

The prime minister will also discuss a follow up to the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train construction and efforts to boost trade relations between Indonesia and China.

Li last visited Indonesia in 2008 when he served as deputy prime minister. (ebf)