Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty and US Secretary of State Kerry Hold Talks

Zhongguo Xinsha News Agency, Jakarta, February 17 (Reporter Gu Shihong) Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty and the visiting US Secretary of State Kerry held talks on how to improve bilateral cooperation in Jakarta on the 17th.

Kerry told the media after the talks that we discussed how to create conditions conducive to investment and cooperation between the two countries. In addition to investment, it also explores progress in cooperation in trade, education, climate change and energy.

Kerry also expressed support for Indonesia’s leadership in promoting peace and security in Southeast Asia.

Kerry said in a speech in Jakarta on the 16th that a series of extreme climates have emerged around the world, including record-breaking droughts and floods. He said that countries need to take early measures to deal with global warming. Because climate change is the world’s most terrible weapon of mass destruction,

Kerry’s aide said that he chose Indonesia as the prelude to his speech on climate change this year. This is because this country with 17,000 islands is most likely to be threatened by rising sea levels.

According to statistics from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, the total bilateral trade between Indonesia and the United States in 2013 was US$27.97 billion, a record high. In 2013, Indonesia exported 18.88 billion U.S. dollars to the United States, with imports of 9.09 billion U.S. dollars and a surplus of 9.79 billion U.S. dollars. According to the US Department of Commerce, the bilateral trade volume between Indonesia and the United States in 2012 was 25.99 billion U.S. dollars, and the increase of 1.98 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 also set a record high.

Responsible Editor: Zhao Yanlong

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