Posted by: mel | January 22, 2010

Jakarta, China to explore cooperation in defense industry

ANTARA News | National | Jakarta | 22 January 2010

The Indonesian and Chinese governments are exploring the possibility of forging bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defense industries to strengthen their relations.

“The two countries have agreed to strengthen their already good relations through cooperation in the field of security and defense industries,” vice presidential spokesman Yopie Hidayat said here on Friday.

Hidayat made the statement after Vice President Boediono had received Chinese Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Dai Bingghuo.

The vice president on the occasion was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto and Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa.

Quoting Bingghuo, Hidayat said China regarded Indonesia as an important and strategic partner, and thus it wanted to help Indonesia develop its security and defense industries.

“China also asked that all the cooperative relations so far established between the two countries would continue to be stepped up for mutual benefit,” Hidayat said.

He said this year would mark the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-China`s bilateral relations and therefore there would be no more freezing of diplomatic relations.

“As we all know, Indonesia-China diplomatic relations once soured but they hope there will be no low tide in the 60th year of bilateral relations,” Hidayat said.

Asked if China had offered its weapons to Indonesia to buy, Hidayat said it was not discussed at the meeting of Vice President Boediono and Bingghuo.

“The vice president and his guest only discussed political and security matters besides other issues related to the improvement of cooperation in various fields,” Hidayat said, adding that Bingghuo also invited Boediono to make an official visit to China later.

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