Chairman of Indonesian House of Representative Visited China: to Deepen Friendship and to Enhance Investment



Beijing (22/4/2011)—Two Chinese top leaders, Wu Bangguo (Chairman of the National People’s Congress or NPC) and Premier Wen Jiabao, pledged to encourage Chinese investors to increase their investment in Indonesia. The two leaders also hailed the proposal that China establish Cement manufacturing factories as well as motorcycle production plants in Indonesia. The said proposal was brought up by the Chairman of Indonesian House of Representative, Marzuki Alie, during his meetings with the NPC Chairman and the Chinese Premier respectively on 20 April 2011 and 21 April 2011 in Beijing, PRC.


‘The relations between Indonesia and China are now at its peak. This momentum needs to be maintained and promoted through intensive collaborations to improve the common welfare of the two people,’ said Marzuki Alie to the two top Chinese leaders. ‘The strategic partnership signed by Indonesia and China in 2005 covering cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and socio-cultural have provided a strong foundation for the advancement of sustainable bilateral cooperation,’ Marzuki Alie further asserted.


The two sides welcomed the successes that had been achieved so far and shared the view that both countries should continue to enhance and deepen the on-going cooperation.


The bilateral trade volume in 2010 has reached US$ 42.8 billion – a sharp increase compared to US$ 28 billion in 2009 – but there is still a wide room to expand especially following the implementation of ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA). There are some issues to manage by both sides, among others, the trade deficit and the downward consequences of this free trade regime, particularly to some prone small and medium scale industries in Indonesia.


‘To China, it is not about going in for surplus, but rather establishing a long-term, balanced and sustainable cooperation,’ Premier Wen stated in response. ‘Therefore the Chinese Government will continue to promote imports of Indonesian products and to partake in the infrastructure development in Indonesia’, he further added. This subject will be one of the main issues to be discussed during his visit to Indonesia.


Marzuki Alie acknowledged that Chinese investment in Indonesia had not reflected its real potentials. He hence expected that the Chinese Government could encourage their investors to expand their investment in Indonesia. Currently, the Chinese investors have been participating in various projects, such as building bridges and power plants. It is expected that with China’s growing economic power, it could increase and expand its investment, among others, in railways and freeways, as well as construct cement factories and motorcycle production plants in Indonesia which China fully subscribed to.


Indonesia and China have strong and deep historical and cultural ties. Yet, these two areas need to be deepened and reinforced, particularly in the context of people-to-people interactions. The two sides concurred that it was of significant importance to enhance cooperation in tourism, youth, education, and sports, as well as to intensify contacts between the political parties and parliaments of the two countries, to strengthen relations at the grass-root level.


On regional and international cooperation milieu, Marzuki Alie recognized the vital role of China, including its parliament, in addressing and seeking solutions for any emerging issues in the region and in the world. His Chinese counterparts also acknowledged Indonesia’s important standing, especially as the current ASEAN Chair. In this regard, China expected that Indonesian could play constructive roles in advancing ASEAN-China relations. Both sides agreed to fortify collaborations in various international forums, such as the UN and G20.


During his trip in China, the Chairman of Indonesian House of Representatives and the accompanying delegates also met with the NPC Vice-Chairman Simayi Tieliwaerdi, a prominent Moslem leader of Uygur-Xinjiang ethnic. The delegation also visited China Road and Bridge Corporation, ZTE Telecommunication Corporation and Beijing Modern Automobile Company. In Tianjin, they were received by the Chairman of the Local Parliament of Tianjin Municipality, and then made visits to Tianjin Cement Industry Design and Research Co.Ltd, Dongjiang Bonded Port dan 320 Tianjin Airbus Company.