Zhou Yongkang (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Committee of Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, meets Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee, met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Friday.
Zhou, who is also secretary of the Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, said that he was glad to meet with Natalegawa on the sidelines of the current China visit by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and that he had "fond memories" of his previous meetings with Yudhoyono.
Zhou recalled that in February 2004, when he was a state councilor and minister of public security, invited Yudhoyono, who was Indonesian coordinating minister for political, law and security affairs at the time, to visit China. "We held substantial and friendly talks during that visit," he said.
Zhou went on to say he paid a visit to Indonesia in November 2008 and received a warm reception from Yudhoyono, who became Indonesian president in July 2004.
The state visit of President Yudhoyono to China is of importance for China-Indonesia relations. The two heads of state held fruitful talks just now and reached many new consensus on deepening bilateral strategic partnership and signed some cooperation documents, Zhou told Natalegawa.
Zhou expressed the belief that the Indonesian president's visit will be successful and greatly boost the development of bilateral relations. And he asked Natalegawa to convey his cordial greetings to the Indonesian president.
Zhou also highlighted the importance of law enforcement cooperation between the two countries in the development of strategic ties, saying the two countries have established effective mechanisms for fighting cross-border crimes and repatriating suspects.
Last year, both countries worked together to ferret out two significant cases of cross-border telecommunications fraud and eliminate several criminal shelters, generating positive effects in the international community, Zhou said.
He said China is ready to strengthen exchanges with Indonesian law enforcement departments to make bigger contributions toward peace and stability in the two countries and the region as a whole.
Natalegawa echoed Zhou's comments, saying both countries have closely cooperated in politics, economics, culture and law enforcement and share many similar interests in regional and international affairs.
Natalegawa said the meeting of the two presidents will further promote the two countries' strategic partnership, and Indonesia is ready to deepen its cooperation with China and cope with challenges through joint efforts.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also attended the meeting.