Chinese president Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China and Indonesia should advance cooperation in a coordinated manner in the post-pandemic era.
In a phone conversation with the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, Xi Jinping suggested that the two sides integrate Belt and Road cooperation with China’s building of a new development pattern and Indonesia’s medium and long term national development plan.
Recently, Indonesian president Joko Widodo ordered all coal mines to stop exporting coal for at least one month after the coal shortage hit the country which didn’t go well with Indonesia’s coal buyers like Japan and the Philippines which asked Indonesia to lift the ban.
It’s not clear whether President Xi Jinping of China also called his counterpart in Indonesia for some issue since China depends much on coal for its energy needs and Indonesia is one of the biggest suppliers of coal to China which is experiencing winter conditions.
China imported around 176 million tonnes of thermal coal from Indonesia from January to November last year, an increase of 62 million tonnes or 54% year-on-year. This accounts for 75% of China’s total thermal coal imports.
China has been Indonesia’s largest trading partner since 2013 and in 2020, China was Indonesia’s top export destination, accounting for more than 16% of the nation’s total exports with the total trade value between China and Indonesia reaching 78.5 billion dollars.