Posted by: mel | May 10, 2009

RI hails China`s offer on military technology cooperation

Antara | 9 May 2009

Beijing (ANTARA News) – Indonesia hails China`s offer for military technology cooperation which among others includes the production and marketing of military equipment, an Indonesian diplomat said.

“Indonesia welcomes the Chinese desire to cooperate in the production of military equipment on the basis of mutual benefit,” Indonesian military attache Infantry Col. Yayat Sudrajat at the Indonesian embassy said here on Saturday.

He said that the Chinese military technology had reached advanced stage so that Indonesia desired to explore various forms of military cooperation with Beijing.

“This cooperation also constitutes an effort to reduce Indonesia`s dependence on the West`s military technology,” he said.

Sudrajat said that Indonesia-China military cooperation had been running well so far. A number of military officers, including defense ministers of both nations have exchanged visits and held talks.

Recently, Indonesia`s Navy chief Admiral Tedja Edhy Purdijatno met his Chinese counterpart Navy chief Admiral Wu Shenghi on the sidelines of the 60th anniversary of the Chinese navy in April 2009.

During the meeting both sides agreed to increase cooperation, particularly in the education and training, Sudrajat said.

“Although Indonesia did not send military ships to the anniversary, it dispatched its military top officers to attend the event,” he added.

Indonesia and China signed defense and security cooperation which was carried by Indonesia`s defense minister Juwono Sudarsono and his Chinese counterpart Cao Gangchuan in Beijing on November 7, 2007.

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