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China’s top diplomat visits Indonesia as it rolls out Chinese-made vaccine

  • Dian Septiari and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 12, 2021   /  04:45 pm
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Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi greets her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi (right) on the sidelines of the 14th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) ministerial in Madrid, Spain in 2019.(Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi is stopping over in Indonesia on his tour of Southeast Asia this week, which coincides with the start of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out that will feature a newly approved Chinese-made vaccine. The visit is expected to relieve recurrent tensions between the two countries. Indonesian officials confirmed that Wang Yi’s visit would take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and that he was expected to meet Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. The President is on course to become the first non-Chinese leader to be inoculated on Wednesday with Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccine, which obtained emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) on Monday. With the long-awaited approval, ...