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Jokowi invites Xi to G-20, but China's president noncommittal

Indonesia and China discuss deepening infrastructure and trade ties

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Beijing on July 26. (Handout photo from Laily Rachev/Indonesia's Presidential Palace)   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Tuesday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing as he began his East Asia trip determined to foster cooperation among three crucial nations -- China, Japan and South Korea -- ahead of a Group of 20 summit in November.

During the leaders' meeting, China and Indonesia agreed to enhance the scale of bilateral trade and further expand cooperation in areas including agriculture, health and food security, according to a joint statement released on Tuesday.

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