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PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE CONTACT, EMERGING FOCUS IN ASEAN-CHINA RELATIONS

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Chinese Ambassador for the ASEAN, Huang Xilian.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – People-to people contact and exchanges have become the focus of the relationship between China and ASEAN member countries, as it could provide a more solid foundation for future cooperation, it is believed.

Chinese Ambassador for the ASEAN Huang Xilian made the statement after attending an event called ‘Symposium on China’s Development and a Shared Future Between ASEAN and China’, held in the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Tuesday (10/9/2019).

“Traditionally, there are two major pillars between China and ASEAN cooperation. One is political and security and the other one is economy and trade. Now we are strengthening a third very important pillar, that is cultural links and people-to-people exchanges,” he said.

To accomplish that, China is working very closely with ASEAN member countries to propose initiatives that promote more people-to-people exchanges, Huang said.

One of those initiatives was realized with the ASEAN-China Young Leader Scholarship program launched a couple of months ago.

“Through this, we try to bring more young people from ASEAN countries to China, and of course we try to bring more Chinese people to ASEAN to promote mutual understanding,” he said, adding that young people represent the future of the relationship.

There are also other sectors, including tourism, that are still open to be explored to heighten people’s relationships.

The founder of the Foreign Policy Community Indonesia, Dino Patti Djalal, who was also one of the speakers at the symposium, said that people-to-people relations are indeed an important part of the cooperation.

“Not just people-to-people, but there needs to be trust and confidence between people. How does one get to the bottom of the paradigm and promote trust at the people-to-people level?” he said.

He still sees a trust deficit among the people, especially among students and the younger generation, and it needs to improve, he further said.

Overall, ASEAN and China need to develop a soulful partnership that involves genuine feelings as partners that trickle down to the people-level as well, he believed. (acy)

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INDONESIA ENCOURAGES MUSLIM UNITY AT KUALA LUMPUR

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Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Kuala Lumpur – The Indonesian government encouraged the unity and cohesion of Muslim communities across the world at the Kuala Lumpur (KL) Summit 2019.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi who represented the Indonesian government at the summit said Indonesia has echoed the stance since the beginning

“We know a lot of challenges faced by Muslims. Let us work together to address the challenges,” she said at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday (18/12/2019) night.

The cooperation to address the challenges faced by Muslims could be realized only if Muslim countries are united, she remarked.

Related news: Indonesian Vice President calls off plan to attend KL Summit

Indonesia hoped the KL Summit would send a peace message to all people in Islamic countries along with state guests that were present, she added.

“We know the objective of this KL Summit and the communication delivered by Malaysia is aimed at facing together the challenges faced by Muslims,” she explained..

Retno is scheduled to attend the opening of KL Summit 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) on Thursday (Dec 19). At the opening ceremony of the summit, she will not deliver an official statement from the Indonesian government.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin had originally been planned to attend the KL Summit 2019. But he cancelled the plan on Wednesday for health reasons.

“We announce that the vice president could not be present at the Kuala Lumpur Summit since the medical team came to the conclusion that the vice president must take rest,” the vice president’s special staff for communication and information, Masduki Baidlowi, said in a statement released on Wednesday (18/12/2019).

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INDONESIA STAYS AT FOURH RANKING IN MANILA’S 2019 SEA GAMES

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Indonesia stood fourth, while the Philippines contingent was ranked at the top of the medal tally, followed by Vietnam and Thailand.

Greatindonesia.co.id, New Clarck City – The Indonesian contingent secured 72 gold medals in the 30th SEA Games in Manila, the Philippines’ capital city, which concluded on Wednesday (11/12/2019).

Despite clinching more gold medals than the government’s earlier set target, the Indonesian contingent failed to come in the top two.

Instead, Indonesia stood fourth, while the Philippines contingent was ranked at the top of the medal tally, followed by Vietnam and Thailand.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had earlier appealed to the athletes to perform to the best of their abilities to ensure Indonesia stood second in the medal tally of the multi-sport event that the Philippines hosted from November 30 to December 11.

“I want us to emerge as the second runner-up at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines,” President Jokowi noted in his speech delivered at a ceremony to see off the Indonesian contingent at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Nov 27.

Jokowi noted that the Indonesian athletes were expected to boost their achievements in various international multi-sport events while acceding to the fact that it was no easy task.

However, with a robust fighting spirit and the support of 260 million Indonesians, the athletes should do their best to grab as many medals as possible at the Philippines 30th SEA Games, he emphasized.

The Indonesian athletes, who lately won 38 gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, competed against those from the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Timor Leste.

The following table shows the final medal tally of the 2019 SEA Games :

Rank State Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 Philippines 149 117 121 387
2 Vietnam 98 85 105 288
3 Thailand 92 103 123 318
4 Indonesia 72 84 111 267
5 Malaysia 55 58 71 184
6 Singapore 53 46 68 167
7 Myanmar 4 18 51 73
8 Cambodia 4 6 36 46
9 Brunei 2 5 6 13
10 Laos 1 5 28 34
11 Timor Leste 0 1 5 6

Total 530 528 725 1,783. (ant)

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JAPAN FULLY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT JOKOWI’S PRIORITY PROGRAMS

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President Jokowi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Monday (4/11/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fully support the priority programs of President Joko: Widodo (Jokowi) during his second term of office.

Abe was responding to the Indonesian government’s development programs unveiled during a bilateral meeting with President Jokowi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Monday (4/11/2019).

At the meeting, President Jokowi unveiled the priority programs of his government in the next five years, including the development of quality human resources, the continuation of infrastructure development, and the simplification of government regulations and bureaucracy reform, Chief of the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat Erlin Suastini said in a press statement.

“At this meeting, I would like to focus on two issues, namely cooperation in the development of infrastructures and the development of quality human resources,” Jokowi said.

Prime Minister Abe warmly welcomed the priority programs.

“Of course, Japan wants to cooperate in the fields which are the main priority, particularly infrastructure and human resource development ,” he said.

President Jokowi said the two countries have been engaged in many areas of cooperation in the infrastructure sector, including the construction of Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, Jakarta-Surabaya semi-high-speed train and Patimban Port in West Java.

“Looking ahead, I also want to encourage the use of more local contents and the transfer of technology in our infrastructure development,” he said.

The development of infrastructure has been able to connect economic centers to one another in the outskirt areas of the country, he said.

To realize the cooperation in human resource development, Jokowi invited Japan to enhance its cooperation with Indonesia in the fields of vocation and internship. (ant)

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