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Chinese State Councilor Yang to visit RI

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, September 17, 2013 | 07:48 pm

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, one of the most powerful senior officials on the council, will arrive in Jakarta on Wednesday on a three-day tour, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Yang, who is a career diplomat, was invited by the Indonesian government to participate in the bilateral dialogue mechanism meeting in Jakarta. He is scheduled to meet several senior Indonesian officials during his visit.

'€œAt the invitation of Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, State Councillor Yang Jiechi will pay a visit to Indonesia and co-chair with Minister Suyanto the fourth meeting of bilateral dialogue mechanism at deputy prime ministerial level from Sept. 18 to 20,'€ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press release in Beijing on Monday.

The previous meetings were held in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

Yang, former Chinese foreign minister from 2007-2013, is the chief architect of China'€™s foreign policy and his position is higher than the foreign minister and below the vice premier.

China'€™s relations with Indonesia have been booming in many areas despite some problems in bilateral trade.

Last year, based on Chinese statistics, bilateral trade surged to US$66.21 billion, a 9.4 percent increase from $60 billion in 2011.

Both China and Indonesia, which established their strategic partnership in 2005, have set a $80 billion trade target between the two countries by 2015.