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Chinese Vice Premier arrives in Indonesia for official visit

2008-12-20 11:49:01 GMT2008-12-20 19:49:01 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SURABAYA, Indonesia, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- At the invitation of Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived here for an official visit on Saturday afternoon.

Li said in a written statement delivered at the airport that he was delighted to visit Indonesia, noting that the development of friendship between China and Indonesia, both as important developing nations in Asia, serves to the fundamental interests of the two nations and the two peoples.

"China highly values the strategic partnership with Indonesia and I hope my visit will help boost understanding between the two peoples, expand cooperation with mutual benefit in an effort to step up the bilateral relations," Li said in the statement.

During his visit, Li is expected to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, hold talks with Kalla, attend a China-Indonesia energy forum, and have extensive contacts with representatives from various Indonesian communities to exchange views on the bilateral relations and other regional and international issues of common concern.

The 11-day tour, Li's first overseas trip since he took office as vice premier in March, will also take him to Egypt and Kuwait.

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang left Beijing Saturday morning, starting his official visits to Indonesia, Egypt and Kuwait.

The 11-day tour was Li's first overseas trip since he took office as vice premier in March. Full story

JAKARTA, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The visit of China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang to Indonesia is expected to improve the relations between the two countries, the national Antara News Agency on Saturday quoted an Indonesian official as saying.

"We appreciate very much his visit to Indonesia after we saw his portfolio as a Southeast Asian partner and we are expecting good results," Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said here on Friday.

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