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President Hu Jintao Meets With His Indonesian Counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

2004/11/21

On November 19, 2004, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Santiago. This is the first meeting between the two heads of state since Indonesia elected its new President and the two sides reached broad consensus on further strengthening friendly cooperation.

Hu said that China's relationship with Indonesia is developing very well. The two countries trust and support each other politically, score remarkable effects in the economic and trade area and maintain sound coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. Facts show that developing China-Indonesia ties is in the fundamental interest of the two countries and peoples and conducive to promoting peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world as a whole.

Hu made the following proposals on further developing bilateral ties. Both sides should do a good job in arranging the celebrations for the 55th anniversary of the establishment of China-Indonesia diplomatic ties next year; further tap potentials, conduct cooperation in various forms and try to upgrade the economic and trade cooperation level, improve the consultation and cooperation mechanism on defense and security between the two countries; enrich the connotation of China-ASEAN strategic partnership so as to push for the development of China-ASEAN free trade zone; and jointly promote the unity and cooperation among developing countries. Hu said China actively supports Indonesia to hold the Asia-Africa Summit next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bandung Conference.

Susilo noted that he attaches great importance to the relations with China and hopes to further consolidate and strengthen bilateral partnership of strategic significance. He gave active response to all the proposals by Hu Jintao on developing bilateral ties and held that the good cooperation in trade, energy resources, investment and infrastructure construction lay a solid foundation for further expanding cooperation. Susilo reaffirmed that the Indonesian government adheres to the one-China policy, supports the stance that there is but one China in the world and views this as the basis for bilateral cooperation. He also noted that his country gives priority to continuously pushing ASEAN-China cooperation in various fields to make headways.

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