In­done­sian high-speed rail seals new era of in­vest­ment

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fund­ing. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment of In­done­sia did not sign the deal, ac­cord­ing to the eco­nomic and com­mer­cial coun­selor’s of­fice of the em­bassy of China in In­done­sia.

Xi said China wants to en­cour­age Chi­nese en­ter­prises to par­tic­i­pate in the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of In­done­sia’s in­fra­struc­ture. He also agreed to work with Wi­dodo on a new bi­lat­eral trade tar­get of $150 bil­lion by 2020.

Xi said the two coun­tries should en­hance prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion, along with cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ex­changes in other in­dus­tries such as space, ocean and tech­nol­ogy.

He pro­posed strength­en­ing the na­tions’ co­op­er­a­tion in the United Na­tions, Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion, G20 Fi­nance Min­is­ters and Cen­tral Bank Gov­er­nors and other mul­ti­lat­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, and work­ing to­gether on global is­sues such as cli­mate change and safety of en­ergy and food.

China will con­tinue to sup­port the estab­lish­ment of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Southeast Asian Na­tions com­mu­nity and the no­tion that the group should play the lead­ing role in the re­gion’s co­op­er­a­tion, Xi added.

Wi­dodo said he wel­comed China’s in­creas­ing in­vest­ment in In­done­sia’s in­fra­struc­ture. He ex­pressed will­ing­ness to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with China and fur­ther dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able through China’s Mar­itime Silk Road eco­nomic zone and In­done­sia’s new devel­op­ment strat­egy.

Xi also met with Myan­mar Pres­i­dent Thein Sein af­ter the meet­ing. Xi said that China sup­ports ef­forts to seek the po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion of the North­ern Myan­mar is­sue through peace talks. He ex­pressed his hope to see new progress in the course of peace in Myan­mar.

Thein Sein said Myan­mar is ded­i­cated to pro­tect safety and sta­bil­ity in the north­ern Myan­mar re­gion and will ac­cel­er­ate the re­con­struc­tion of that re­gion while push­ing for­ward the po­lit­i­cal dia­logue.

On March 13, five Chi­nese were killed and eight in­jured by bombs dropped on the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory in clashes be­tween Myan­mar gov­ern­ment forces and rebels.

Myan­mar For­eign Min­is­ter U Wunna Maung Lwin made an of­fi­cial apol­ogy for the bomb­ing on April 2. Con­tact the writer at chen­meng­wei@ chi­nadaily.

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