Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Indonesia and Malaysia and attend the 21st economic leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum held in Indonesia's Bali from October 2 to 8, the foreign ministry announced on Sunday.
Qin Gang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said in a statement that Xi had been invited by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Malaysian Supreme Head of State Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.
"Xi is expected to reaffirm the Chinese standpoint of not seeking hegemony and vow to abide by international rules," Zhuang Guotu, head of the Center of Southeast Asian Studies in Xiamen University, told the Global Times, adding that urging the establishment of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was also an important task during Xi' visits.
The RCEP is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) scheme among the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its FTA partners, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Korea. If the RCEP is formally established, experts say, it will greatly improve regional economic cooperation and development.