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Prabowo talks joint COVID-19 mitigation plan with Chinese defense minister

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 9, 2020   /   12:46 pm
Prabowo talks joint COVID-19 mitigation plan with Chinese defense minister At your command: Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto salutes journalists before his first meeting as minister with members of House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees defense, foreign affairs, information and intelligence, at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe discussed a bilateral collaboration on COVID-19 pandemic mitigation in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The two officials also touched on such subjects as bilateral cooperation in the defense industry and education sector, as well as a host of other issues in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a statement issued by the Indonesian Defense Ministry.

“The bilateral meeting between the two defense ministers discussed various important issues related to national defense,” the statement read.

After speaking with Prabowo, Menghe proceeded to hold a meeting with Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.

Among those in attendance were Indonesian Navy chief of staff Adm. Yudo Margono and Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian.

The Chinese government has provided health equipment, including test kits, to Indonesian medical personnel working against COVID-19 over the course of the outbreak in the country.

The first batch of the medical supplies were delivered from Shanghai to Jakarta via an Indonesian Military (TNI) Hercules C-130 aircraft, in accordance with Prabowo’s request.

According to the official government count, the Indonesia has recorded 200,035 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,230 deaths as of Tuesday.