State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets the press

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ANTARA News Agency: How do you see the future of China-Indonesia bilateral relationship? This year, Indonesia holds the presidency of the G20. How will China support Indonesia in carrying out the work of its presidency?

Wang Yi: China and Indonesia are both major developing countries and emerging economies. The two countries have extensive common interests and significant development potential. In recent years, under the strategic guidance of the two presidents, the China-Indonesia relationship has set an example of mutually beneficial cooperation between countries in the region and a model of strength through unity between developing countries.

In the fight against COVID-19, China was among the first to send assistance to Indonesia and work with Indonesia on vaccine and drug development. So far, China has provided 290 million doses of vaccines to Indonesia, more than any other country. China's BRI and Indonesia's Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor have formed deep synergy. Trade between the two countries grew nearly 60 percent year-on-year in 2021. The two sides have successfully launched a high-level dialogue cooperation mechanism and formed a new pattern of "four-wheel drive" cooperation covering political, economic, cultural and maritime aspects.

Going forward, China will deepen cooperation with Indonesia on a complete vaccine production chain to help create a vaccine production hub and jointly build for the region a health shield against COVID-19. China will work for the early completion and operation of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway to further boost Indonesia's post-COVID development and the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

This year, Indonesia will host the G20 summit. China is ready to provide active support and facilitation. Under the theme of "Recover Together, Recover Stronger", we will advance cooperation in such fields as innovation, digitalization, green development and health, and uphold the interests of EMDCs, so that the G20 could make greater contribution to world economic recovery and better global governance.

China Daily: A question for you on behalf of netizens around the world. The CPC will hold its 20th National Congress this year. What will China do to help the world know more about it?

Wang Yi: The Constitution of China stipulates the CPC's status as China's governing party, and makes clear that the CPC's leadership is the defining feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the greatest strength of the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Telling the stories of the CPC well and presenting, defending and promoting the good name of the CPC is an essential task and key responsibility that China's diplomatic service must undertake.

Last year, we marked the centenary of the CPC with a number of outreach initiatives, including launching the "100 CPC Stories in 100 Days" series, inviting foreign diplomats based in China and journalists from international mainstream media to revolutionary sites in Yan'an and Jiaxing, and organizing over 4,000 celebration events at our diplomatic and consular missions abroad. These initiatives and events were warmly received by friends around the world.

We are fully aware that the CPC has gained more attention and recognition from the international community. More and more friends around the world admire the great achievements of the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC. More and more countries hope to learn about the "secrets" of the CPC's success. Last month, during his trip to China for the opening of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, President Alberto Fernández of Argentina made a point of visiting the Museum of the Communist Party of China to pay tribute to what the Chinese people have done and achieved in their development and progress. We can tell that people all over the world are viewing the CPC through brighter lens, from broader perspectives and are acquiring a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the CPC.

As General Secretary Xi Jinping has noted, "To understand the China of today, one must understand the CPC." This year, as the CPC will hold its 20th National Congress, we will continue to present its stories well so that more international friends may truly understand the CPC.

The press conference lasted 100 minutes.

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