Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Indonesian President Susilo
On the morning of March 23, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on bilateral ties as well as international and regional issues of common concern and reached broad consensus. The two heads of state agreed to strengthen strategic consultation and expand pragmatic cooperation so as to raise the bilateral strategic partnership to higher levels.
Hu said China and Indonesia are close neighbors separated only by a strip of water. Since the establishment of the strategic partnership in 2005, bilateral relations 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.
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 with the joint efforts of both sides, 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. The leaders of the two countries can maintain close contact by various means. The two governments should give full play to the roles of various consultation mechanisms and strengthen communication and coordination on major issues. The legislative bodies and political parties of the two countries should strengthen dialogue and exchanges. Second, the two countries will expand trade and economic cooperation to promote common development. The two sides should expand cooperation areas, optimize the trade mix and promote rapid and balanced growth of bilateral trade. China supports Indonesia to implement the overall plan of economic development. China will continue to encourage competent and reputable companies to participate in the development of the six major economic corridors in Indonesia. China is ready to expand investment in Indonesia and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of oil, gas, mining, electricity, clean energy and renewable energy. China is also ready to establish long-term reliable energy partnership with Indonesia. The two sides should continue to strengthen agricultural cooperation under bilateral and China-ASEAN frameworks. Third, the two countries will deepen defense security cooperation and enhance the cooperation level. Both sides should gradually expand the scope of collaboration on defense and security, stage joint drills, increase visits, jointly combat terrorism and cross-border crimes, and safeguard the security and peace of their own countries and the region. Fourth, the two countries will carry out maritime and space cooperation to enrich the connotation of cooperation. The two countries should take the signing of the agreement on maritime cooperation as an opportunity to further advance maritime cooperation. They will also work together to make positive progress in bilateral space cooperation. Fifth, the two countries will expand cultural and people-to-people exchanges to cement the foundation of friendship. Both sides should continue to increase cooperation in the areas of culture, education, media, youth and tourism. Both sides should run well the Confucius Institute and Indonesia Research Center, implement the 100-youth exchange program, and promote the friendly exchanges between people from all walks of life of the two countries, so as to make the Sino-Indonesian friendship deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. Sixth, the two countries will strengthen cooperation on regional and international issues in order to safeguard their common interests. Hu said China is glad to see Indonesia play an important role in regional and international affairs. Hu also said that China is ready to step up cooperation with Indonesia within various multilateral mechanisms, properly address global challenges and hot issues and advance the development of international order toward a just and rational orientation.
Susilo fully agreed with the six propositions that President Hu put forward on further advancing bilateral links in an all-around way. He said Indonesia is willing to maintain close high-level contact and dialogue as well as consultation at all levels with China so as to push pragmatic cooperation to yield more win-win outcomes. He said Indonesia welcomes Chinese companies to increase investment in the country and participate in major infrastructure projects. Susilo expressed confidence that the two countries will achieve the goal of boosting bilateral trade volume to 80 billion U.S. dollars every year ahead of the 2015 deadline. Susilo said Indonesia supports the expansion of people-to-people exchanges, especially between the young people of the two countries to deepen friendly relations. Reiterating Indonesia's stance that relevant countries should address regional issues through consultation and cooperation, Susilo said Indonesia is ready to step up communication and coordination with China within the regional cooperation mechanism so as to promote the peace, stability and prosperity of the region.
After the talks, the two presidents attended the signing ceremony for a number of bilateral cooperation documents, including those on maritime cooperation, anti-drug cooperation, trade and tourism.
Prior to the talks, President Hu held a welcome ceremony for Susilo's visit at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Zhou Tienong, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Vice Chairwoman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Zhizhen, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League Wu Guozhen, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao attended the welcome ceremony.