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Chinese vice premier stresses strategic partnership with Indonesia

(Xinhua)

08:44, February 22, 2012

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday that China is ready to make efforts with Indonesia to advance the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Li made the remark while meeting with visiting Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in Zhongnanhai, the Chinese government's central compound.

Li said China and Indonesia are friendly neighbors that share broad common interests. He cited a 2005 meeting between President Hu Jintao and his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which resulted in the creation of a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Li pointed out that in recent years, the two countries have continuingly increased trade and investment and expanded cooperation in the areas of energy, infrastructure, science, technology and culture.

Li said cooperation between the defense departments and militaries of the two countries has also seen remarkable growth.

Li expressed willingness to strengthen political dialogues and communication regarding regional and international affairs on the basis of mutual respect and benefit.

He said China is also ready to expand bilateral cooperation in defense, security and other areas in order to boost the development of the country's strategic partnership with Indonesia.

He said China is ready to work with Indonesia and other parties to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world at large.

Purnomo said Sino-Indonesian relations enjoy a solid foundation and broad prospects. He expressed willingness to further deepen cooperation between the two countries in order to realize "win-win development."

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