Indonesia, China announce lifting of trade barriers
Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met with Chinese counterpart Qin Gang and co-hosted the fourth meeting of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between China and Indonesia.
Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Wednesday that trade barriers between Indonesia and China are soon to be lifted as part of the two countries' joint efforts to enhance their bilateral ties.
Marsudi met with her Chinese counterpart Qin Gang and co-hosted the fourth meeting of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between China and Indonesia.
During the session, both parties touched upon several issues of interest, including trade, investment, health, and people-to-people contacts.
The last time a meeting of the commission was held was in 2018 in Beijing.
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As per a statement issued by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, the procedure to lift trade barriers involves licensing Chinese exporters in Indonesia and completing a protocol on the export of tropical fruits and Indonesian fish products.
The statement added that China is Indonesia's largest trading partner with the bilateral trade volume reaching a record high of $133.6 billion dollars in 2022.
Indonesia is one of many countries that experienced a difficult past at the hands of western covert interventions.
Trade relations with China had enabled the country to redress itself following years of repression targeting communists.