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Ambassador Xiao Qian Visits North Sumatra

From January 31st to February 2nd, Ambassador Xiao Qian paid a working visit to North Sumatra, where he met with local government officials and representatives of business communities and visited major enterprises. The Ambassador’s visit focused on local development and exploring cooperation opportunity on building Comprehensive Economic Corridors in North Indonesia, particularly North Sumatra. During the visit, the Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Ridwan Djamaluddin, Indonesian Deputy Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Mr. Sun Ang, Chinese Consul General in Medan, Mr. Wang Liping, Minister Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and Mr. Wang Shikun. Director for Political Affairs of Chinese Embassy in Indonesia.

Ambassador Xiao met with North Sumatra Governor Tengku Erry Nuradi in his office and the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on strengthening cooperation between China and North Sumatra. The Ambassador shared the recent development of China-Indonesia relations, highlighting the important consensus reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the latter’s attendance at Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in 2017. The Chinese side supports Indonesia’s initiative to develop Comprehensive Economic Corridors in North Sumatra, North Kalimantan and North Sulawesi, said the ambassador. And North Sumatra is his first visit outside Java, for the purpose of implementing the consensus between both presidents, keep abreast of current development in North Sumatra and exchange views with various sectors on strengthening cooperation within the framework of “Comprehensive Economic Corridors in North Indonesia”. Governor Erry congratulated Ambassador Xiao on assuming office and expressed appreciation for visiting North Sumatra. In addition to briefing on North Sumatra’s development, Governor Erry introduced the on-going exchanges and cooperation between North Sumatra and China. President Joko Widodo attaches great importance to North Sumatra and vigorously supports the development of strategic projects such as ports, industrial parks, tourism etc., said Governor Erry. The governor hoped Ambassador Xiao would help bring more Chinese entrepreneurs to North Sumatra and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to providing preferential policies and facilitation for Chinese investment.

During a group discussion, Ambassador Xiao met with Mr. Purba, North Sumatra representative of DPD, and representatives of North Sumatra branches of APINDO, KADIN, LIC and Indonesia-China Business Council. The guests shared views on local socio-economic development, industries, investment and business environment, and offered suggestions on strengthening practical cooperation between China and North Sumatra.

During Ambassador’s working meeting with Deputy Coordinating Minister Ridwan, the two sides discussed aligning of development strategies of both countries and promoting cooperation in various areas.

Later, Ambassador Xiao traveled a great distance to visit some of the local priority projects including Kuala Tanjung Port, Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone, and Lake Toba Toursim Zone. The Ambassador respectively met with director of Pelindo I which is the operator of Kuala Tanjung Port, director of Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone, regent of Samosir and chairman of Lake Toba Tourism Agency. The Ambassador was briefed on construction process of each project, and their future planning, cooperation demand as well as preferential polices. The two sides also exchanges views on further cooperation.

During the visit, Ambassador Xiao also visited the construction site of China-built Kualanamu International Airport Expressway and Chinese Consulate General in Medan, to meet with Consul General Mr. Sun Ang and consulate staff.

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