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China is a strategic and reliable partner: Indonesian Ambassador

By Wang Jinxue (People's Daily Online)

13:16, May 31, 2012

H.E. Mr. Imron Cotan, Indonesian Ambassador to China (People’s Daily Online/Wang Jinxue)

Beijing, May 31 (People's Daily Online) The activity of “A series of talks by ASEAN ambassadors to China” was launched at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) on May 29. The event was jointly sponsored and organized by China-ASEAN Center and BFSU.

H.E. Mr. Imron Cotan, Indonesian Ambassador to China was the first speaker for the series of talks by ASEAN ambassadors to China.

Ambassador Imron Cotan said in his speech that China is a strategic and reliable partner of Indonesia. It is in the best interest of Indonesia and ASEAN countries to see China continue to develop, grow and excel into the future. ASEAN countries including Indonesia are also a market for China to reckon with, because as a whole ASEAN countries have more or less 600 million people, a huge market for China to explore. He welcomes Chinese businessmen to sell their products there.

He also underlined that "We need to combine all our efforts not only to overcome challenges but also to continue to progress into the future, to contribute to the stability, prosperity and peace in this region as well as in the world".

In her opening remarks, Prof. Zhong Meisun, vice President of BFSU introduced that BFSU is the oldest university in China on foreign language teaching, and has the largest variety of language education in China. Over the past seven decades, it has expanded to teach 54 foreign languages; among them are seven official languages of the ASEAN countries, including Indonesian. The increase in the number of language programs has been supported by a growth of country and area studies. The Indonesian Center was opened in late March, 2012. More than 400 graduates of BFSU have become China's ambassadors to other countries.

Ma Mingqiang, Secretary-General of China-ASEAN Center (ACC) made a brief introduction of the Center and the talk series. ACC is an inter-governmental organization, a one-stop information and activities center to promote China-ASEAN cooperation in trade, investment, education, culture and tourism. The ACC talk series is one of the activities organized by the center to enhance the mutual understanding between the people and among peoples of China and ASEAN member states.

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