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Chinese, Indonesia presidents eye stronger links

03-23-2012 16:40 BJT

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.

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)

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.

Hu said China is ready to work with Indonesia to further deepen the strategic partnership in the following six areas:

First, the two countries will strengthen strategic communication and enhance mutual trust as good neighbors.

Second, the two countries will expand trade and economic cooperation to promote common development. China will continue to encourage Chinese companies to participate in the development of the six major economic corridors in Indonesia. China is ready to expand bilateral cooperation in the areas of oil, gas, mining, electricity, clean energy and renewable energy.

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