Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun, center, makes a trip in downtown Beijing on Thursday accompanied by two embassy staffs. (Screenshot Picture)

Indonesian Envoy Braves Covid-19 Fears to Have Trip in Downtown Beijing 


MARCH 06, 2020

Beijing. Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun made a leisure trip to downtown Beijing on Thursday to have first-hand look of the local government’s claim that the city began recovering from the catastrophic coronavirus outbreak.

Djauhari's trip included a stopover at a mall that received a flock of visitors. He was accompanied by three embassy staffs.

“I’m inside the SKP mall, one of the biggest in Beijing. We can see a life now, compared to the situation during our visit three weeks ago, when it was so quiet,” Djauhari said in a video sent to the Jakarta Globe.

“There are many visitors and nearly all shops have reopened. Beijing begins to show signs of life,” he said.

Djauhari said the Chinese government has instructed industrial centers across the country to resume operations.

Recovery in China will significantly boost economic activities in the region and deliver impact to Indonesia as well, he added.

“Indonesian citizens who remain in China are mostly students. We keep communicating with them and provide much-needed supplies such as facemasks, medicines and vitamins,” Djauhari said. 

“There are about 15,000 [students] but many of them have returned home and followed directives from the embassy and the consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai to extend their vacation in the homeland,” he said.

Some chose to stay in China to complete their classes through online teachings, he said.

“Everyone is in good condition and healthy here and hopefully this will continue to improve,” he said.