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Chinese, Indonesia presidents eye stronger links

(Xinhua)

17:29, March 23, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a welcoming ceremony Hu held for Susilo at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agreed Friday to strenghten consultation and cooperation so to raise the bilateral strategic partnership to higher levels.

The heads of state reached the agreement during their talks held in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing on Friday morning. They agreed to strengthen strategic consultation and expand practical cooperation between the two countries, and also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

This marks the second time the Indonesian president has paid a state visit to China. President Susilo paid his first visit to China in July 2005, several months after President Hu Jintao visited Indonesia and announced the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Hu said that since the establishment of the strategic partnership, bilateral links have seen healthy and rapid growth with fruitful cooperation in various areas.

Hu said China appreciates Indonesia for its adherence to the one-China policy and firmly supports Indonesia in its effort to safeguard national unity and territorial integrity.

During Friday's visit, Susilo said he was deeply impressed by the friendly feelings that the Chinese people hold toward Indonesia. He said Indonesia regards China as a major cooperative partner, and expressed the confidence that the strategic partnership will continue to advance on the existing sound basis.

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