Chinese premier arrives in Indonesia on visit to boost ties

08:34, April 29, 2011      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur Thursday evening for a two-day visit to Indonesia in a bid to further enhance bilateral ties between China and Indonesia.

During the visit, Wen is expected to hold talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other Indonesian leaders, attend an economic forum and give a policy speech to a large audience.

Wen will have an in-depth exchange of views with Indonesian leaders on maintaining frequent high-level communication, boosting cooperation in economic, defense, maritime as well as cultural, international and regional affairs, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue told a news briefing in Beijing prior to the visit.

China would also promote relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as Indonesia is currently serving as the organization's rotating chair.

Song Yaoming, deputy director of the Asian Affairs Department of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, told reporters at the briefing that China and Indonesia were expected to increase trade volume which rose up to 42.75 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, further develop the China-ASEAN free trade area and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in infrastructure.

A number of cooperation documents would be signed, Song said, including a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries' foreign ministries and other papers covering a wide range of areas such as industrial technology, language teaching, tourism, banking and palm planting.

China and Indonesia established a strategic partnership in 2005. The construction of Suramadu Bridge, a joint project between the two countries, which connects Indonesia's East Java Province and Madura Island.was completed in 2009.

Indonesia is Wen's second and last leg of his current southeast Asia tour. During his official visit to Malaysia, he held talks with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak and witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation pacts between China and Malaysia.

Source: Xinhua
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