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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia
Stressing to Promote China-Indonesia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to New Stages

2018/05/08

On the morning of May 7, 2018 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at Bogor Presidential Palace with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia.

Li Keqiang first conveyed President Xi Jinping's warm greetings to President Joko Widodo. Li Keqiang expressed that China and Indonesia are important close neighbors to each other and natural cooperation partners sharing extensive common interests. The successful meetings between the two heads of state for many times have promoted bilateral political mutual trust and practical cooperation to new highs. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Indonesia. China stands ready to, together with Indonesia, make joint efforts and ride the tide, so as to promote bilateral relations for greater development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that under the current world political and economic situation, China and Indonesia, both as major developing countries and important countries in the region, move forward hand in hand and jointly seek development, which is of strategic significance for not only the two countries and the two peoples, but also the region and the whole world at large.

Li Keqiang puts forward specific suggestions for enhancing bilateral relations and the alignment of development strategies:

The first is to build three pillars of all-round cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels under the framework of the China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership to better support the development of bilateral relations.

The second is to deepen the integration of the "Belt and Road" initiative of China and "Global Maritime Fulcrum" vision of Indonesia, strengthen production capacity cooperation, and push forward the cooperation of two landmark projects, namely, Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway and the regional comprehensive economic corridors, in a bid to release economic and social benefits at an early date, bring the people of the two countries tangible interests and better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

The third is to deepen trade and investment cooperation, expand export of competitive and high-quality products to China such as palm oil, tropical fruits, and coffee of Indonesia, reinforce cooperation in fish processing, and encourage Chinese enterprises to expand investment in Indonesia. It is hoped that Indonesia will provide more policy support and convenience.

The fourth is to consolidate public opinion foundation of bilateral relations, intensify personnel exchanges and connectivity, enhance academic and youth exchanges, and promote cultural exchanges and mutual learning.

Li Keqiang stressed that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). China is willing to, together with Indonesia, jointly push forward China-ASEAN cooperation for improvement and upgrade, promote the cooperation with the East ASEAN Growth Area, create the "4+1" new pattern for sub-regional cooperation together with the four countries in the Growth Area including Indonesia, and speed up the promotion of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as well as the building of the East Asia economic community, so as to facilitate economic integration in East Asia.

Joko Widodo warmly welcomed Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Indonesia, and expressed that it was the first visit paid by Premier after the establishment of the new Chinese government, which reflected the great importance China has attached to China-Indonesia relations. China is a strategic partner of Indonesia. Both countries have constantly deepened cooperation in various fields including economy, trade, investment and culture, and achieved mutual benefit and win-win results. Based on abiding by the international rules, Indonesia's cooperation with China not only conforms to the interests of the two countries and the two peoples, but also is of important significance to world peace and development. Joko Widodo thanked China's support to Indonesia's construction of the regional comprehensive economic corridors. Indonesia stands ready to accelerate the advancement of the project of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, and ensure the whole construction of the railway at an early date. China's market has great potential. Indonesia thanks China for expanding the import of palm oil, tropical fruits, coffee and other agricultural products from Indonesia, and stands ready to, together with China, strengthen cooperation under the ASEAN-China framework as well as communication and coordination in international and regional affairs.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Prior to the talks, Joko Widodo held a grand welcoming ceremony for Li Keqiang at the square of the Presidential Palace. When the motorcade of the Chinese delegation drove near the Presidential Palace, more than 15,000 local primary and secondary school students waved the national flags of China and Indonesia along the two sides of the street to cheer and extend regards, warmly welcoming the arrival of Chinese Premier. Joko Widodo greeted Li Keqiang at the drop-off point, and they went to the review stand together. The guard of honor saluted, and the military band played the national anthems of both countries. A 19-gun salute was fired. The national flags of both countries fluttered in the wind. Li Keqiang reviewed the guard of honor accompanied by Joko Widodo. Afterwards, leaders of both countries jointly planted the tree of China-Indonesia friendship.

After the talks, Li Keqiang and Joko Widodo jointly witnessed the signing of relevant cooperation documents between the two countries.

On the morning of the same day, Li Keqiang laid a wreath at Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery.

Xiao Jie and He Lifeng attended above activities.

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