China pledges to advance strategic partnership with Indonesia

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China on Monday pledged to work with Indonesia to push forward the bilateral strategic partnership.

Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, shakes hands with Taufik Kiemas, chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, on Dec. 7, 2009. [Yao Dawei/Xinhua]

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and top political advisor Jia Qinglin made the remarks in separate meetings with Taufik Kiemas, Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia.

"We always attach great importance to the relations with Indonesia," said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.

Hailing the sound development momentum of China-Indonesia ties, Wu said the countries had enjoyed increasing mutual political trust, fruitful cooperation in various sectors, and close coordination in regional and international organizations.

"We applaud Indonesia's long-term adherence to the one-China policy," he noted, expressing appreciation for the country's support in issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang.

The two nations, both as important nations in the Asia-Pacific region, enjoyed broad common interests, Wu said, hoping that the two sides would enhance parliamentary exchanges and cooperation to enrich the contents of bilateral ties.

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, told Taufik that the China-Indonesia ties had stepped into a new phase of rapid, healthy and stable growth.

"We are ready to work with Indonesia to expand cooperation in economy, trade and culture to advance our strategic partnership," Jia said, noting that this would benefit the two peoples and help regional and world peace and development.

Jia hoped the CPPCC, the top political advisory body, and the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia would maintain close exchanges and learn from each other to help promote relations between the two nations.

This China trip from Dec. 6 to 9 was Taufik's first visit abroad since taking office in October this year. Taufik told Chinese leaders that this showed the importance attached by Indonesia to relations with China.

Indonesia valued the friendly and cooperative ties with China, he said, hoping that the two nations would increase pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure construction and resources exploitation.

He said the People's Consultative Assembly was ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the NPC and the CPPCC to contribute to comprehensive growth of Indonesia-China ties.

Taufik reiterated that his country would firmly stick to the one-China policy.

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