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Jokowi seeks support from China for Indonesia's new capital

Beijing's new foreign minister vows Belt and Road projects to finish 'on schedule'

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, right, meets with China's Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Jakarta on Feb. 22. (Photo courtesy of Presidential Secretariat)

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met with China's new foreign minister, Qin Gang, in Jakarta on Wednesday, seeking stronger economic ties with Indonesia's largest foreign investor, including in Nusantara, the new capital that Widodo is planning on the island of Borneo.

On the first stop of his first Southeast Asia tour since his appointment in December, Qin arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday and met Widodo and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Wednesday. The leaders discussed a wide range of economic cooperation, including Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative. Qin was there at the invitation of Retno.

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