Inter-Party Cooperation Fosters Indonesia – China Strategic Partnership



Beijing (23/4/2011)—The visit of the Party of the Functional Groups (Golongan Karya or Golkar) to Beijing, China, on 19-20 April 2011, has expanded the inter-Party collaboration networks between Indonesia and China.


During the short trip, the visiting envoys led by Chairman Aburizal Bakrie made a courtesy call to Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping, met and exchanged views with the Department for Organizational Affairs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and paid a visit to the Central Party School of the CPC.


The visit was expected to further promote and strengthen the cooperation between Golkar and CPC, particularly in efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the parties’ cadres as the future leaders of the nations.


’Cooperation between Golkar and CPC could serve as one of the sustaining pillars to the enhancement of Indonesia – China bilateral relations,’ said Bakrie. Golkar delegates also visited China Development Bank and China Investment Corporation in Beijing.


On every occasion, he underlined Golkar’s commitment to fully support the existing government in maintaining the political stability and its programs. Golkar also stressed about the significance and the relevance of Indonesian national development to China and vice versa. It is against this backdrop that the Chinese Government should further boost its commitment to implementing the Indonesia – China Strategic Partnership (2005).


Golkar and CPC agreed to intensify collaborations in various sectors, such as economy, social, culture, and political education, as well as in addressing global issues. Both has devised cooperation programs, inter alia: trainings for young cadres on the development of small and medium scale industries, and on disaster management, exchanges of young cadres, training for Golkar cadres at Central Party School of CPC; regular workshop for intellectuals of both Parties to discuss international issues of common concerns. 


Putting across the aspirations of Indonesian people as the Party’s constituents, Golkar reviewed the implementation of ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) and aired concerns of some industries in Indonesia. Meanwhile, on regional architecture context, Golkar was of the view that the future, stability, and prosperity of Asia was a matter for Asians to handle. Indonesia and China should therefore strengthen their bilateral cooperation to preserve and promote stability and prosperity in the region.