China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang has called on Chinese firms investing in Indonesia to give priority to recruiting local workers in their respective companies. He noted that with more job opportunities in Indonesia, both countries could benefit from the investment.
“We have called on Chinese companies investing in Indonesia to employ mostly Indonesian workers,” Prime Minster Li stated at a joint press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Monday.
The bilateral meeting between the two leaders discussed issues such as simplifying the administrative process for Chinese firms to invest in the country, as well as cooperation in Halal food and Muslim fashion, which Prime Minister Li has stated the country wants to invest in.
Now that the Muslim population in China has reached 20 million, Prime Minister Li wants the cooperation between the two countries to be improved, expressing hope that China’s cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would bring significant and strategic results.
Meanwhile, President Widodo noted that the ASEAN, which contributed significantly to peace and stability in the South China Sea, must improve its performance. The president has also called on China to support Palestine in its fight for freedom.
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