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Indonesia hosts seminar to enhance further the good relationship with China

Source:   Time:

JAKARTA, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia held a seminar on Monday aimed at seeking ways to enhance further the good relationship with China on the eve of 60 years diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

The seminar was the second after the previous one held in China earlier this year, the seminar co-organizer official said.

This year has already been declared the year of China-Indonesia Friendship.

"The seminar is held in a quite excellent moment amid the celebration of 60 years relationship and year of friendship between Indonesia and China," Rizal Sukma, the Executive Director of Indonesia's think-tank agency, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told Xinhua on the sidelines of the seminar.

"This is a good opportunity to improve cooperation between the two countries to promote peace and prosperity in the East Asia region," he added.

The seminar was co-organized by CSIS and the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, attended by scholars, experts and all stakeholders who want to seek ways in nurturing the existing good relations between China and Indonesia.

In her remarks to open the seminar, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Zhang Qiyue said China and Indonesia have a quite long history of relationship after the arrival of ancient Chinese imperial's admiral Zheng He to Indonesia about 2,000 years ago.

"Indonesia and China had been supporting each other during their fight against colonialism and China and Indonesia took essential roles in the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia," the ambassador said in his remarks.

Zhang added that Indonesia was among the first countries to recognize the People's Republic of China. The relationship between the two countries has entered its best time after the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1990 and was advanced further in 2005 as strategic partners.

The cooperation now covers various sectors including exchanges in trade, defense, technology, art and cultural, investment and education.

"Two-way trade between Indonesia and China stood at 1.18 billion U.S. dollars by 1990. It increased sharply to 31.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2008," she said, adding that China becomes the second largest trade partner to Indonesia at the moment.

She also said China was the largest non-oil and gas commodity importer from Indonesia in the first half this year.

Outcomes from the discussions between scholars and experts in the seminar were highly expected to contribute in the progressing efforts to buildup and improve the already-good bilateral ties between the two Asian nations, the ambassador said.

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