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Senior Chinese leader vows to boost exchanges with Indonesia

(Xinhua)

09:53, March 25, 2012

Li Changchun (L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Beijing, capital of China, March 24, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Senior leader Li Changchun met with visiting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Beijing on Saturday, vowing closer party-to-party relations with the country.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said party-to-party exchanges serve as an important part of China and Indonesia's strategic partnership.

The CPC is ready to further enhance exchanges and cooperation with Indonesia's ruling coalition led by the Democratic Party and share experience in governance in order to inject new vitality into bilateral relations, Li said.

"China has attached great importance to its ties with Indonesia and hopes to work closely with the country to make greater achievements together," he said.

Describing cultural cooperation as an important foundation for bilateral ties, Li called on both countries to cement cooperation in the areas of culture, sports, tourism and media.

Susilo, who came to Beijing on Thursday for a state visit, agreed with Li's views on bilateral ties. He said the development of their bilateral strategic partnership has been important not only for both countries, but also for Asia and the world.

While addressing a group of young people from China and Indonesia after the meeting, Li called on the two countries' youth to keep the significance of Sino-Indonesian cooperation in mind and shoulder a historical responsibility to facilitate bilateral relations.

Susilo expressed his hope that the youth of the two countries will enhance exchanges and understanding and learn from each other in order to create a brighter future for bilateral relations.

The trip is Susilo's second state visit to China following his first visit in July 2005. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Indonesia in April that year and jointly announced the establishment of a bilateral strategic partnership with his Indonesian counterpart.

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