Indonesia stresses peace in South China Sea


Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stressed on Wednesday that all countries must comply with international laws in order to maintain peace in the South China Sea.

Speaking at a joint news conference with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi’s in Jakarta, Marsudi emphasized that all countries must abide by the international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in order to preserve peace in the South China Sea.

Besides regional stability and security, both country’s leaders also discussed health and economic cooperation.

The Indonesian minister said her country has intended to establish national health resilience by achieving independence for drugs, raw materials, and medical equipment, encouraging China and other countries to cooperate on the healthcare sector.

Marsudi urged China to eliminate trade barriers for Indonesia’s top items such as fisheries, fruits, bird nests, and palm oil, emphasizing trade balance, and economic cooperation between the two countries.