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Indonesian political parties look to potential of BRI cooperation

2019-09-06 15:04:51 China Daily Global

The BRI is constantly showing openness and transparency, and regional international influence is growing.

Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) admiral Zheng He is famous for leading voyages that helped spread Chinese trade and influence across the world, but his legacy in places like Indonesia continues to show that his expeditions established important links that went beyond diplomacy and economics to include cultural aspects and other ties.

Indonesian parliamentarian Dyah Roro Esti Widya Putri found those aspects of China's early interaction with her country and its surrounding areas to be one of the highlights of a week-long trip, which began in the coastal province of Fujian before culminating in Beijing on Monday with a joint consultation on the cooperation between the two countries under the Belt and Road Initiative.

"One of the main takeaways from this trip is to really understand the development that has occurred in China. Starting from economic development and its potential for cooperation with countries like Indonesia," said Dyah Roro Esti, who is from the Golkar Party.

"But we were also given a lot of valuable insights into the culture in China was a very good experience for us," she said.

Neighborhood Party Talk, a consultation session hosted by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, involved 18 members of six major political parties from the Southeast Asian country agreeing on the potential and significant benefits of the China-proposed initiative, particularly with Indonesia's role in the initiative's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as a major archipelagic nation in the region.

Wang Haifeng, director of the trade and investment office, Institute of Foreign Economy, National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planner, said at the session that the "solid and consistent bilateral relations", with the upgrade and expansion of economic cooperation and strategic partnerships of recent years, put Sino-Indonesian ties in good stead to tap the BRI.

Other than direct trade and investment, potential sectors also included tourism and the digital economy buoyed by the large Chinese market with a consistent, emerging middle class, and the further integration of regional production chains, Wang told the Indonesian delegation.