Eco­nomics Min­is­ter con­firms meet­ing In­done­sia coun­ter­part

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Eco­nomics Min­is­ter John Deng ( ) con­firmed that he met with In­done­sian In­dus­try Min­is­ter Saleh Husin in Taipei when the lat­ter vis­ited the is­land in March.

Deng said Husin and his en­tourage called on gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and busi­ness lead­ers in at­tempts to woo in­vest­ment.

How­ever, Deng said that no spe­cific projects were raised dur­ing his meet­ing with Husin and he did not re­veal the pre­cise time when the meet­ing took place.

Although Taipei and Jakarta agreed in a 2012 study of the fea­si­bil­ity of a eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment that such a pact would ben­e­fit both sides, no trade talks have taken place thus far, and Deng hinted that it had been put on the back burner by Jakarta, as that coun­try has been pre­oc­cu­pied with eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion within the As­so­ci­a­tion of Southeast Asian Na­tions.

Deng made the com­ments af­ter the Tues­day edi­tion of the Jakarta Post re­ported Husin as hav­ing talked about the suc­cess of his trip to Tai­wan.

The pa­per cited him as say­ing that while in Tai­wan, he met Tai­wanese min­is­ters and CEOs and they com­mit­ted to in­vest in In­done­sia.

They said In­done­sia is the pri­mary des­ti­na­tion for their in­vest­ment and that they will grad­u­ally move away from China and Viet­nam, Husin was quoted by the pa­per as say­ing.

The pa­per said that In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Joko “Jokovi” Wi­dodo ap­proved Husin’s trip to Tai­wan one week be­fore the pres­i­dent was set to ar­rive in Bei­jing for a state visit on March 25.

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