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ROC president calls for stronger ties with Indonesia: Kompas

ROC president calls for stronger ties with Indonesia: Kompas

Jakarta, Sept. 6 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has urged the Indonesian government to strengthen cooperation with Taiwan by signing an economic cooperation agreement and other bilateral accords. In an interview published Saturday in the Kompas, the largest circulating newspaper in Indonesia, Ma also called on the Southeast Asian country to increase official exchanges with Taiwan, especially ministerial visits. Ma suggested that Taiwan and Indonesia could strengthen cooperation in investment, trade, labor affairs, people-to-people exchanges and fishing by signing bilateral agreements to make them institutionalized. Doing so will benefit both countries and is in line with the Indonesian government's current policy, the president said in the interview. Ma also expressed hopes that the two countries could sign an economic cooperation agreement to develop more solid partnership ties and that Indonesia would support Taiwan's bid to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an international financial institution which is focused on supporting infrastructure construction in the Asia-Pacific region. The RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the six states with which ASEAN has existing free trade agreements. Ma said that Jakarta should make adjustments in its interpretation of "one China" and should not allow that policy to become an impediment in relations with Taiwan. Taiwan's own relationship with China has greatly improved in recent years under the formula of "one China with different interpretations," making it unnecessary for other third nations to remain rigid about the "one China" concept, he said. (By Jay Chou and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-27 05:55 GMT+08:00