BEIJING – Minister of research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir, coordinating minister of maritime affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan accompanied vice president Jusuf Kalla attending the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF II) at China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, April 26, 2019.

Opened by Chinese president Xi Jinping, the event saw speeches by heads of state of Russia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, as well as other prominent global figures.

After Friday’s prayer, Nasir attended the Indonesia-China Business Forum jointly organized by Indonesia’s ministry of maritime affairs, investment coordination board (BKPM) and embassy in Beijing.

In his inspiring speech, Kalla said China had been a friend of Indonesia for hundreds years, marked by the arrival of admiral Cheng Ho in Indonesia as part of his sea voyage, 1405-1433.

Kalla also expressed his amazement on the fast growth China had achieved in only 30-40 years in issues like economy, trade, maritime, higher education and technology.

“If the Chinese people can achieve it, Indonesian people must be also able to do so,” said Kalla.

Attended by Chinese and Indonesian business players, the event saw the signing of multiple business to business (B2B) cooperation agreements and another one between Bandung Institute of Technology ITB) – represented by rector Kadarsah Suryadi – and Tsinghua University – represented by deputy rector Yang Bin.

After the event, Nasir met with a number of Indonesian students in China. They presented Nasir with a book titled “Islam of Indonesia and China: The Life Of Indonesian Muslim Students in China”. In the evening, Nasir joined Kalla in a gala dinner held at the Great Hall of the People’s Republic of China.

On April 26, 2019, research ministry’s director general for research and development strengthening Muhammad Dimyati, member of ministry’s expert staff Hari Purwanto and Indonesian Science Insitute (LIPI) premier secretary Nur Tri Aries visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to improve science, technology and innovation partnerships.