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China, Indonesia face common task of achieving sustainable growth: Chinese president
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11:23, September 08, 2007

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Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Sydney Saturday that China and Indonesia are faced with the common task of guaranteeing energy security and realizing sustainable development.

"We have broad prospects in cooperation in this field," he said at a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the sidelines of the annual Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

China is willing to, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, expand cooperation with Indonesia in energy exploitation including use of clean energy and development of renewable and new energies, Hu said.

He praised the healthy and fast growth of the China-Indonesia relations, citing the facts of deepening mutual political trust, the smooth launching of a high-level dialogue mechanism, the expanding bilateral trade, security cooperation and close communication and coordination in regional and international affairs.

China attaches importance to consolidating and developing the China-Indonesia strategic partnership featuring long-term stability, good-neighborhood, mutual trust and benefit, he said.

The Chinese president also said that China highly regards the influence and role of Indonesia, which is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and hopes to push forward the China-ASEAN strategic partnership together with Indonesia.

"China is also willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Indonesia in an effort to promote the healthy development of APEC," Hu said.

Both Hu and Susilo are here to attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, due to be held on Sept. 8-9.

For his part, Susilo also spoke highly of the Indonesia-China ties. He appreciated China's assistance in Indonesia's economic development and welcomed more Chinese enterprises to participate in the economic construction of Indonesia.

He said that Indonesia adheres to the one-China policy.

Both presidents also exchanged views on climate change. They agreed that both countries face the dual task of seeking self-development and protecting the environment.

As both sides share the same view on how to cope with climate change, they should strengthen coordination and cooperation in this area, they said.

Source: Xinhua

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