China to forge ties with Indonesia

Updated: 2014-11-04 10:06


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JAKARTA - China is willing to jointly forge a comprehensive strategic partnership with Indonesia in name and in fact, visiting Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said here on Monday.

Wang made the remarks at the press conference held following meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

The Chinese foreign minister said issues that have been discussed include preparations for the scheduled APEC meeting between the leaders of both sides, synchronization on the development strategy of both, forging commonalities on the practical cooperation and the synchronization on the regional and international issues.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his trip to Beijing attending the APEC Economic Leaders' meeting in early November.

The two countries share views on the maritime vision, as Xi's initiative of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road proposed during his trip to Indonesia last year coincides with Joko's vow to rejuvenate his country as a maritime power through the development of maritime economy, Wang said.

"China is willing to participate in Indonesia's construction of maritime power, and to regard Indonesia as the most important partner in the initiative of building the 21st century Maritime Silk Road," Wang said.

As for the practical cooperation, Wang said he proposes to enhance cooperation on sectors including the maritime economy, infrastructure, construction of industrial zone, energy and resources, agriculture, high technology, defense and security, people to people contact, as well as the international and regional issues of common concern.

Wang said the bilateral relations are facing the opportunity of overall acceleration in the year of 2015, as both countries will witness the 65th anniversary of the establishment of China- Indonesia diplomatic relation and the 60th anniversary of Bandung Conference.

"China is willing to seize the chance to deepen the mutual trust and work together with Indonesia, to forge the comprehensive strategic partnership in name and in fact," said Wang.

During his visit to Indonesia, Wang also met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.