on 13 April 2010, we officially celebrate the 60th anniversary of
the diplomatic relations between Indonesia and
China. Albeit briefly frozen, since the
resumption of diplomatic relations on 8 August 1990, our bilateral relations
have grown from strength to strength. In Jakarta
in April 2005, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
and Chinese President Hu Jintao jointly signed
a Joint Declaration on a Strategic Partnership to be
used as a platform to elevate our bilateral ties to a higher plan.
establishment of the strategic partnership between China and Indonesia is a watershed in the history of our bilateral relations. It signals our
determination to complement each other’s efforts at achieving common national
purposes and still serve constructive regional and global ends.
up the Joint Declaration, on 21 January 2010 China and Indonesia agreed to sign and carry out a Plan of Action
(PoA), covering the establishment of a bilateral dialogue mechanism, fields of
technical bilateral cooperation, cooperation in international and regional
affairs, funding arrangement for any activity under the PoA, and a review
mechanism. The PoA serves as the strategic
partnership’s signpost and reference in the fields of political, legal
and security; economic and development; as well as in the socio-cultural field,
tourism, and science and technology.
in Indonesia are determined to nurture and strengthen our partnership with China on the basis of mutual respect, common understanding and sincerity. We are already
cooperating in various fields but we can still strengthen our present
cooperation and open new avenues for working together to advance our peoples’
interests. While we in Indonesia have been fully committed to a “One-China
Policy” since 1950, China has commendably reciprocated by consistently adhering
to a policy of non-interference and strongly supporting Indonesian sovereignty,
territorial integrity and national unity.
a Strategic Partnership
Strategic Partnership Declaration has proven to be effective to boost our
bilateral relations in many fields. In economic sector, our trade volume has steadily increased. In 2009, based
on the report by Indonesia’s National Statistics Bureau, our bilateral trade
amounted to US$ 25.5 billion. The implementation of ASEAN-China Free Trade
(ACFTA) since 1 January 2010 is expected to further enhance our trade
activities. Currently, we are targeting the two-way trade volume at US$ 50
billion by 2015.
is to be noted, however, according to our statistics, in 2009, the total
investment of China to Indonesia merely amounted to US$ 65.50 million. While
during the first half of 2009 alone, Indonesian investment in China already stood at US$ 65.54 million. We need to work harder to convince Chinese
investors to come and invest in Indonesia. It is against this backdrop, we have
aggressively conducted various investment promotion programs across China in an attempt to encourage more Chinese investors to explore lucrative markets in Indonesia, in particular in infrastructure and transportation sectors.
tourism, last year, the number of Chinese travelers visiting Indonesia reached 324,887. As China has been able to create an affluent society, the
enthusiasm of its people to travel overseas
increases accordingly in the past few years. We therefore aim to attract 564.000
tourists from China this year.
the 60th anniversary of our diplomatic relations should serve as a
catalyst for Indonesia and China to widen and deepen our friendly ties for the benefit
of our two peoples. The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Indonesia on 23-24 April 2010 is timely as the two friendly countries have committed
themselves to working jointly to help establish a region that is stable,
peaceful and prosperous.
Ambassador to this beautiful country, I am looking forward to receiving inputs
from all quarters in order to further advance our national interests. I wish
the friendship and cooperation in various sectors that we have forged will grow
far stronger in the years to come. Happy Anniversary.