Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo talk during their meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor, Indonesia. Photo: Dita Alangkara / Reuters

Chinese companies investing in Indonesia have been urged to prioritize hiring Indonesian workers. On a visit to Indonesia on Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the job opportunities in that country could be beneficial for both nations, Tempo reported.

“We have called on Chinese companies investing in Indonesia to employ mostly Indonesian workers,” Li said at a press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.

Li called on the Indonesian government to simplify the administrative process for Chinese companies to invest in the country.

“We are pleased to invest in Indonesia in halal food and Muslim fashions. Thus, together we can develop third markets,” Li said.

He said cooperation between Indonesia and China could improve and he hoped that China’s cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations would bring significant and strategic results.