Indonesian high-speed rail seals new era of investment
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. com.cn