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|Wednesday, November 07, 2001, updated at 15:52(GMT+8)|
Premier Zhu Rongji Starts Five-day Official Visit to Indonesia
Upon his arrival at the Halim Military Airport, the Chinese Premier and his wife Lao An were warmly greeted by a number of Indonesian high-ranking officials including Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda and State Minister for Culture and Tourism I Gde Ardika. Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Chen Shiqiu and his wife Chen Haihua and other personnel of the Chinese Embassy.
In a written statement issued upon his arrival, Zhu said: "China and Indonesia are friendly neighbors. And our two peoples have profound traditional friendship. In recent years, with the concerted efforts of the two sides, the bilateral relations have been further consolidated and developed and the mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields has produced great results, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples and contributing significantly to the regional stability and development".
Zhu Said he will exchange views with Megawati on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest, and meet Indonesian friends from all walks of life.
During the visit, Zhu is expected to hold talks with Megawati, meet a number of Indonesian leaders including the People's Consultative Assembly Chairman Amien Rais and the House of Representative Speaker Akbar Tandjung, attend a cooperation-agreement signing ceremony and to make an important speech before the Indonesian business circle.
This is the second leg of Zhu's current Southeast Asian trip. He came here from Brunei, where he took part in the 5th leaders meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea and the 5th leaders meeting between ASEAN and China. At the meetings Zhu proposed to make common efforts to boost the economic development and enforce the stability in East Asia and build a China-ASEAN free trade zone.
Zhu's proposals were welcomed by a number of ASEAN leaders including Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who described the two meetings as very fruitful.
'Zhu's Visit to Build Good Relations'Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's upcoming visit to Indonesia could be a commencement of building a good relations between the two countries, Indonesian State Minister for Communication and Information Syamsul Muarif said Tuesday, October 30.
"We welcome whoever visit Indonesia, we would like to be friend with others, including Chinese premier," the minister told Xinhua after a coordination meeting on political and security affairs.
The minister stressed that building good relations with China and other countries were a necessary for Indonesia to improve its economy.
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