Posted by: mel | July 1, 2009

China vows to further co-op with Indonesia

China Daily | Beijing | Updated: 1 July 2009

China on Wednesday called for more cooperation with Indonesia to push forward bilateral ties.

“China and Indonesia are strategic partners,” Vice Premier Li Keqiang said when meeting with visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda.

Li said that the bilateral ties had stepped into a track of mature, rapid and stable growth, with increasing mutual political trust, effective cooperation in various areas and close coordination in major international and regional affairs.

The two nations, both as major developing countries, shared broad common interests and enjoyed great potentials in making win-win cooperation, according to the vice premier.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also told Hasan during their talks that the China-Indonesia friendly cooperation had made achievements continuously.

According to Yang, the meeting of the China-Indonesia dialogue mechanism of vice premier level was held successfully. The longest cross-sea bridge in Southeast Asia, the Suramadu Bridge linking East Java province and Madura Island in Indonesia, was completed and opened to the public this June with China’s support.

In 2008, the trade value between China and Indonesia reached US$31.5 billion, already above the initial target set for 2010 at US$30 billion.

“China attaches great importance to the important and active role Indonesia plays in the regional and international affairs,” said Yang.

Hasan agreed that Indonesia-China relationship was experiencing a healthy development.

He reiterated Indonesia’s adherence to the one-China policy.

The two foreign ministers signed an agreement on extradition between the two countries after their talks.

Hasan was here on an official visit from July 1 to 2 at the invitation of Yang

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