Indonesia-China relations continue to increase, especially in the economic field. However, the cooperation between the two countries should always be mutually beneficial. This statement was delivered by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during a courtesy visit to Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China Liu Keqiang, in Beijing on Friday (9/2). She encouraged both countries to overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities. It is important to realize various cooperation agreements in the fields of economy, trade, and investment, as well as infrastructure, including investment in 4 economic corridors. Therefore, Minister Retno hoped that Prime Minister Liu Keqiang can continue to provide full support for the cooperation and partnership between the two countries. the Minister also expressed the need for efforts to promote the rapid and balanced growth of bilateral trade. In the meeting, Prime Minister Liu Keqiang reiterated the importance of Indonesia-China relations. The visit of the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs to China was at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver participated in the Asian Studies Day at Langara College. The event which was attended by 9 Foreign Consulates, namely Philippines, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, China, Thailand and Taipei Cultural Office was used by the Asian Studies Department to encourage students to recognize the potential of Asian countries in tourism, culture and education sectors. President of Langara College, Dr. Lane Trotter, at the opening ceremony in Vancouver on Tuesday (6/2) expressed appreciation for the participation of several foreign consulates. According to him, this activity was very useful for students pursuing the subject of Asia because they could gain more insight into Asia. The opportunity of Asian Studies Day was also used by the Indonesian Consulate General of Vancouver to disseminate information about Indonesia to the students in Langara, especially about the economic potential, tourism, and the condition of the multicultural Indonesian community. Through Asian Studies Day, the Vancouver Consulate General informed about the Scholarship 2018, disseminated a positive Indonesian image survey, and promoted Indonesian products marketed in Western Canada.
Indonesia again received appreciation from the Senegalese government. Indonesia is invited as a guest of honor at the3rd Anniversary of Kaolack International Trade Fair or Foire Internationale de Kaolack – FIKA held from 1 to 14 February in Kaolack Province. Indonesia's positive image in Senegalese eyes is now increasing. Indonesia's participation in FIKA was continuously announced on Senegal radio and television. As a result, the number of exhibitors who participated in the exhibition also jumped to reach 700. Senegal Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne who officially opened the FIKA, appreciated Indonesia's willingness to act as a guest of honor country. The Senegalese Prime Minister said the Senegalese government fully supports the implementation of FIKA, as Kaolack Province is one of the most advanced regions in Senegal. In front of hundreds of invited guests, Indonesian Ambassador in Dakar, Mansyur Pangeran, in his speech said the trade cooperation between Indonesia and Senegal in recent years has increased rapidly. This increase is indicated by the abundance of Indonesian products in Senegalese traditional markets, such as palm oil, furniture, food and beverages, and electronic products.