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Indonesia May Be Wasting Its Ties With China and Climate Partnership Full Potentials

Presidents Joko Widodo of Indonesia (L) and Xi Jinping of China in 2022. Image: Achmad Ibrahim / AFP

We are still six months away from the official presidential inauguration. Still, China has already invited Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto to visit Beijing to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping in person. During the visit, Prabowo reiterated his promise to continue Jokowi’s development model, including partnerships with China. 

Our close ties with China actually hold a lot of potential. Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang said his country is keen to work together with Indonesia in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries and to expand cooperation in industry, high technology, poverty reduction, and rural revitalization. It sounds like opportunities for cooperation in climate issues are possible within a technological framework.

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