Posted by: mel | June 14, 2009

RI, China reaffirm commitment to closer military cooperation

ANTARA News | Jakarta | Friday, 12 June 2009 | National

The Indonesian and Chinese governments have reaffirmed their commitment to intensifying their military cooperation, especially through transfer of technology, an Indonesian defense official said.

“We have reaffirmed our commitment to step up our existing military cooperation , especially in the transfer of technology,” Rear Marshal Erys Heriyanto, director general of defense infrastructure, said here on Friday, following a working visit to China recently.

He said the military and defense cooperation between Indonesia and China had run well so far, and the two countries had agreed to intensify the cooperation based on mutual respect and mutual benefit.

“I emphasize the importance of the transfer of technology in every military cooperation with any country, including China. So, when we buy weaponry , armored vehicles, and even missiles from any party, including China, it must include transfer of technology,” Rear Marshal Erys Heriyanto said.

It was reported recently from Beijing that Indonesia had welcomed China`s offer to cooperate in military technology and in the production and marketing of military equipment.

“Indonesia welcomes the Chinese desire to cooperate in the production of military equipment on the basis of mutual benefit,” Indonesian military attache Col. Yayat Sudrajat at the Indonesian embassy in Beijing said last May 2009.

He said Chinese military technology had reached an 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 Western military technology,” he said.

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

The Indonesian and Chinese governments signed a defense and security cooperation agreement in Beijing on November 7, 2007.(*)


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