Chinese premier vows to boost friendly relations with Indonesia, ASEAN

09:30, May 02, 2011      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) meets with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao concluded Saturday an official visit to Indonesia where he reiterated China's willingness to boost friendly relations with Indonesia and with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In a speech delivered Saturday morning at Balai Kartini in Jakarta, Wen said China will strengthen its good-neighborly relations with Indonesia and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation.

He said both China and Indonesia boast a long and splendid culture and the two peoples sympathized with and supported each others during the hard struggles for national independence and forged a strong bond of friendship.

Wen said he has held comprehensive and in-depth talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his visit, and that the two sides have reached important agreement and decided to further strengthen China-Indonesia strategic partnership.

"My visit this time is a journey of friendship and cooperation. It is also aimed at planning for the future," he added.

On relations with ASEAN, Wen said China will stick to its policy of securing an amicable, tranquil and prosperous neighborhood in dealing with ASEAN, currently chaired by Indonesia.

"China firmly supports ASEAN's leading role in regional cooperation," he said, adding that the existing regional cooperation mechanism in East Asia should always develop with ASEAN in the driver's seat.

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Source: Xinhua
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