Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L) shakes hands with Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 22, 2008. (Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
JAKARTA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- China and Indonesia vowed here Monday to step up the strategic partnership to a higher level.
During the talks between visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla, the two sides also agreed to further the bilateral cooperation in fields such as energy and infrastructure construction.
Li also offered a six-point proposal aiming at promoting the bilateral cooperation, according to a press release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which included: firstly, to formulate a comprehensive and feasible plan to promote the pragmatic cooperation between the two nations in the next five years; secondly, to maintain the growth momentum of the two-way trade value, despite the current global economic recession; thirdly, to ensure the significant bilateral projects in the power and transportation sectors; fourthly, to cement cooperation in energy based on principles of the equality and mutual benefit; fifthly, to work closer in fields of agriculture, fishery, aviation and finance; and lastly to strengthen communication and coordination on regional and international issues of common concern.
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (front, L) meets with Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla (front, R) in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 22, 2008.(Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
China values Indonesia's important role in regional and international issues and is willing to join hands with Indonesia to contribute efforts to the establishment of a new international economic and financial system, Li said.
He also expressed his appreciation to Indonesia's adherence to the one-China policy and support for China's peaceful reunification process.
Kalla highlighted the recent growth of bilateral cooperation, especially in sectors like power, energy and infrastructure.
Indonesia wholeheartedly thanks for the sincere help offered by China, Kalla was quoted as saying by the press release, adding that the country welcomes more Chinese businesses to participate into Indonesia's infrastructure construction and energy cooperation with China.
Kalla also expressed his appreciation to the recent development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, reiterating that Indonesia will continue to stick to its one-China position and will not develop official relations with Taiwan.
The two leaders also witnessed a signing ceremony for a series of cooperation agreements covering such fields as energy, culture and youth exchanges.
Li arrived in Indonesia on Saturday afternoon. His 11-day tour, Li's first overseas trip since he took office as vice premier in March, will also take him to Egypt and Kuwait.
SURABAYA, Indonesia, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met here with the acting governor of Jawa Timur Setia Purwaka and visited the construction site of Suramadu bridge in Indonesia.
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (C front) applauds as he visits the construction site of the Suramadu ( Surabaya-Madura) bridge, which will be the longest of its kind, in Indonesia, Dec. 21, 2008. (Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
During his meeting with Purwaka on Saturday evening, Li voiced his hope that Jawa Timur could play an increasingly important role to help step up relations between China and Indonesia. Full story
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L. front) arrives in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 20, 2008. At the invitation of Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived here for an official visit on Saturday. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin) Photo Gallery>>>
SURABAYA, Indonesia, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- At the invitation of Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived here for an official visit on Saturday afternoon.
Li said in a written statement delivered at the airport that he was delighted to visit Indonesia, noting that the development of friendship between China and Indonesia, both as important developing nations in Asia, serves to the fundamental interests of the two nations and the two peoples. Full story
JAKARTA, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The visit of China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang to Indonesia is expected to improve the relations between the two countries, the national Antara News Agency on Saturday quoted an Indonesian official as saying.
"We appreciate very much his visit to Indonesia after we saw his portfolio as a Southeast Asian partner and we are expecting good results," Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said here on Friday. Full story