China, Indonesia eye stronger strategic partnership

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China and Indonesia on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to seeking stronger strategic partnership.

"My visit here is aimed at bolstering China's relations with Indonesia," Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, the country's top legislature, said at a meeting with Indonesian Vice President Boediono on Monday afternoon.

Boediono said the Indonesian government and people thanked China for its generous support to Indonesia.

In earlier talks with his Indonesian counterpart Marzuki Alie, Wu announced China would offer 10-million-yuan humanitarian aid in cash to Indonesia as earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruptions wrecked serious havoc on the country.

As this year marked the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, Wu called for the two countries to take the 60th anniversary as an opportunity to advance the all-round growth of relations.

Specifically, Wu proposed the two countries increase exchange of visits between high-ranking officials, give priority to cooperation on big projects and infrastructure construction, work more closely in energy exploration, agriculture, fishery, new energy, low-carbon economy and finance.

Wu also suggested the two countries step up defense cooperation and work together on security consultation, staff training and maritime security.

Wu also appealed for more people-to-people exchanges and stronger coordination on international issues.

As next year will mark the 20th anniversary of dialogues between China and the Associations of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN), Wu said China is glad to seek a more united, stable and developed ASEAN.

Wu said China would support the ASEAN's major role in East Asia cooperation and called for Indonesia to play a bigger part in boosting China-ASEAN relations.

Boediono agreed with Wu's proposal, saying it was Indonesia's unswerving policy to seek strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation with China.

He said Indonesia would make joint efforts with China to expand cooperation on businesses, investment and big projects.

Boediono said Indonesia stood ready to work more closely with China in multilateral fields and play a positive role in ASEAN.

Indonesia was the second leg of Wu's three-nation tour to Southeast Asia, which also included Cambodia and Thailand.

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