Bilateral relations between China and Indonesia

16:44, April 26, 2011      

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In 2009, the strategic partnership between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Indonesia enjoyed smooth development. Pragmatic cooperation in various fields continued to expand and the two countries maintained sound coordination and cooperation in both international and regional affairs.

The two sides maintained frequent high-level exchanges. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wiradjuda visited China in July and met with Vice Premier Li Keqiang. He also held talks with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and signed the Extradition Treaty Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Indonesia. Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee Liu Qi paid a visit to Indonesia in November, during which he met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Speaker of House of Representatives Marzuki Ali. In December, Taufik Kiemas, Speaker of People's Consultative Assembly, visited China and met with NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo and CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin.

Economic cooperation and trade between the two countries yielded notable fruits. Two-way trade volume dropped fast in the first half of the year under the impact of the international financial crisis, but was quick to regain growth in the remainder of the year. In March, the central banks of the two countries signed a bilateral currency swap agreement involving a total of 100 billion RMB yuan. In June, the Surabaya-Madura Bridge, a project funded by the preferential buyer's credit provided by the Chinese government and jointly built by the Luqiao China and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd., was completed and officially open to public. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attended the ceremony. The construction of a number of coal-fired power plants in Indonesia, for which the Chinese enterprises won the bid, went well on track.

Bilateral judicial and military exchanges and maritime cooperation became more robust. Wang Zhenchuan, Deputy Procurator- general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate visited Indonesia in June. In October, Lieutenant General Safrie Syamsudin, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, paid a visit to China, during which he co-chaired the 3rd Sino-Indonesia Defense and Security Dialogue with General Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The 4th Technical Committee Meeting on Maritime Cooperation was convened in December.

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