Chinese vice president calls for long-term, steady growth of links with Indonesia

09:23, April 21, 2011      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that China is ready to advance its strategic partnership with Indonesia over the long haul in an all-round and steady way.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Aburizal Bakrie, chairman of the Functional Group Party of Indonesia in Beijing, capital of China, April 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Xi, also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the remarks when meeting with a delegation of the Functional Group Party of Indonesia in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The Indonesian delegation was headed by Aburizal Bakrie, chairman of the Functional Group Party.

Xi said the CPC is ready to strengthen friendly exchanges with the Functional Group Party of Indonesia.

"The Chinese side is ready to work with Indonesia to seize the current opportunities of growth to advance bilateral links," Xi said.

Noting that both China and Indonesia are big developing countries, Xi said the two countries share broad common interests. He said the growth of the strategic partnership is in the interests of both countries and their people, and conducive to peace, development and stability in Asia and the rest of the world.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R, front) meets with Aburizal Bakrie (L), chairman of the Functional Group Party of Indonesia in Beijing, capital of China, April 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Xi expressed the wish that the two countries should work closely together to promote the expansion of links between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Bakrie said both Indonesia and China have huge populations and share long-standing friendship. He said the Functional Group Party has always adhered to the one-China policy.

Bakrie said his party is ready to step up exchanges with the CPC and strengthen bilateral cooperation. He expressed the willingness to advance ASEAN-China relations so as to bring benefits to the people of both sides.

In recent years, China-Indonesia relations have grown in strength, with leaders of the two countries maintaining frequent contact.

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada last June.

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo visited Indonesia in 2010 as the two countries celebrated the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is to visit Indonesia later this month.

On the Indonesian side, Speaker of the House of Representative Marzuki Alie is heading an Indonesian congressional delegation in a goodwill visit to China this week.
Source: Xinhua
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