Joko Widodo to Engage in High-Level Talks on Investment and Electric Vehicle Ecosystem with Chinese President

Jokowi and Xi Jinping (photo: ap - Achmad Ibrahim)

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia is all set to participate in significant and substantive discussions alongside President Xi Jinping of China, focusing on crucial aspects like investment commitments and the development of the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem. The anticipated meeting will take place during President Widodo’s official visit to Chengdu, China, spanning two days from Thursday to Friday, the 27th and 28th of July 2023, after graciously accepting President Xi Jinping’s invitation.

With keen enthusiasm, President Widodo conveyed his eagerness to address key matters related to the EV industry during the forthcoming bilateral talks. As an ardent supporter of sustainable energy and green initiatives, he also underscored the importance of discussing the critical issues surrounding the South China Sea, reaffirming his commitment to regional stability and cooperation.

The official visit to China offers an excellent platform for President Jokowi to engage with prominent Chinese Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) who have been actively investing in Indonesia.

The agenda includes discussions aimed at strengthening existing investment commitments and forging new partnerships in essential sectors such as downstream industries, petrochemicals, renewable energy, and healthcare. The strategic collaborations are anticipated to play a significant role in bolstering Indonesia’s economic growth and sustainable development.

In addition to meeting with President Xi Jinping, President Joko Widodo is also scheduled to hold constructive dialogues with other esteemed Heads of State. Notably, he has been invited to grace the auspicious occasion of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Summer Games opening ceremony in Chengdu on the 28th of July 2023, in Sichuan Province, an event celebrating global sportsmanship and academic excellence.

After fulfilling his diplomatic responsibilities and forging meaningful connections, President Jokowi is expected to return to Jakarta on the morning of Saturday, the 29th of July 2023.

Amid the high-level engagements, President Widodo offered his perspective on the recent change in China’s Foreign Minister position, wherein Qin Gang was replaced by Wang Yi. President Jokowi aptly stated that the leadership transition is purely an internal matter for China, emphasizing that it does not impact Indonesia’s well-established and amicable relations with the nation.

He lauded Wang Yi’s diplomatic history and expressed confidence in maintaining the strong and enduring partnership between Indonesia and China.

The meeting between President Joko Widodo and President Xi Jinping is eagerly anticipated, as it serves as a testament to the steadfast commitment of both nations in fostering mutual prosperity and sustainable development, while strengthening bilateral ties in the realm of economic cooperation and technological advancements.