Premier Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Indonesian President Susilo
On November 17, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali, Indonesia. Both sides reached important consensus on pushing forward east Asian cooperation and bilateral ties.
"In such a complicated and serious international political and economic situation, the upcoming summits should highlight the theme of unity, development and cooperation," said Wen. Wen stressed that the meetings should uphold the leading role of ASEAN, strengthen the cohesion and motive power of the mechanisms of 10+3 and 10+1, and avoid all interference so as to make the meetings advance towards a fixed direction and goals. "It is of great importance for east Asia to realize sustainable economic development, improve people's livelihood and maintain stability," Wen said.
The premier said he hoped new members of the east Asian summit would inject new vitality into the east Asian cooperation. He also called on the summit, a strategic forum led by state leaders, to continue to proceed in the selected direction and cooperation areas, and to play a positive role in promoting regional economic and social development as well as maintaining the momentum of peaceful cooperation.
Wen's remarks were echoed by the Indonesian president, who said east Asia should shoulder the responsibility of promoting regional and world economic growth and become a driving force in the face of the global economic difficulties. All members of the east Asian summit need to stick to the summit's principles and make joint efforts to maintain the overall situation of peace and cooperation so as to ensure that the summit will advance in the right direction, he said. The president said ASEAN is not in favor of discussions on specific political and security issues at the summit.
Wen and the president also discussed the China-Indonesia relationship and pledged to make joint efforts to implement the consensus already reached. Wen said China attached great importance to the infrastructure construction and industrial development of Indonesia's six economic corridors, and will encourage Chinese financial institutes to provide financial supports. The two countries have huge potential in energy cooperation. He called on the two countries to further expand cooperation in areas of oil and natural gas, coal, electric power, new energy and renewable energy. The two countries should establish a joint committee on maritime cooperation at an early date and strengthen pragmatic cooperation with their maritime cooperation funds, he said.
The premier said this year marks the 20th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue while Indonesia is currently holding the ASEAN rotating presidency. He pledged that China will conduct close coordination with Indonesia to jointly promote east Asian cooperation and the China-Indonesia strategic partnership.
Susilo said Premier Wen's visit to Indonesia in April injected new impetus into the development of bilateral ties. Appreciating Chinese businesses' participation in the construction of its six economic corridors, Susilo pledged concerted efforts with China to promote cooperation in energy, industry, defense as well as in the maritime area.