Chinese State Councillor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation on Thursday with the Indonesian Government’s Coordinator for Cooperation with China Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

During the Phone Conversation, Luhut Congratulated China on the successful convening of the “two sessions,” saying it is also a major milestone for China’s victory in the fight against the COVID-19 Epidemic.

Indonesia is proud of China’s taking the lead in controlling the epidemic and is willing to learn from China’s experiences, said Luhut, who is also Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs.

Luhut thanked China for providing medical supplies at a crucial time to help Indonesia fight the epidemic and resume economic & social development

Indonesia is ready to speed up major Belt & Road Cooperation Projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway, Luhut said, hoping that the two sides will start charter flights and resume commercial flights as soon as possible and jointly support the recovery of the two countries’ economies, Luhut said.

Wang said that China took the lead in controlling COVID-19 spread at home with the great support of the international community, including Indonesia, and the successful convening of the “two sessions” bears a landmark significance.

China will accelerate full restoration of production and life order while maintaining regular epidemic prevention and control measures, Wang said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been leading Indonesia to cope with the challenges brought by the pandemic, which has achieved remarkable results, Wang said, believing that Indonesia will surely head towards victory in both development and its fight against the epidemic.

Wang said that both China and Indonesia are important emerging economies and major developing countries, and the two countries should work closely in solidarity, join hands to get rid of interference and disruption, and stick to the goal of modernisation.

He said the two sides should keep enhancing cooperation on the anti-epidemic fight and make exchanges in such areas as vaccine development and application of Chinese herbal medicines.

The two countries should open up a “fast-track lane” for personnel and economic and trade exchanges, launch “green channels” for important goods and supplies, ensure an early resumption of work and production for major Belt and Road projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, and keep industry chains and supply chains running smoothly, Wang said.

China and Indonesia should expand people-to-people exchanges in such fields as education and religion to enhance public support for bilateral friendship, he said.

At present, there are still some Western politicians spreading around the “political virus” in an attempt to shift blame on others and disturb international anti-epidemic cooperation, Wang said.

Noting that Indonesia clearly opposes politicising the virus or stigmatising certain countries, Wang said China is ready to work with Indonesia to enhance cooperation through various multilateral platforms such as the World Health Organisation and the Group of 20 to jointly build a community of common health for mankind.

The two sides agreed to discuss building a “fast-track lane” to facilitate essential personnel exchanges.