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Jakarta Post

40 years of friendship: S. Korea, Indonesia embark on stronger strategic partnership

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, March 8 2013   /  11:30 am

This year, South Korea and Indonesia are celebrating four decades of the establishment of diplomatic ties, which have grown stronger. The launching of an historic strategic partnership in 2006 improved relations further. According to Indonesian data, with US$27 billion in bilateral trade, South Korea became the fourth biggest trading partner of Indonesia in 2012. It became the third-biggest foreign investor in Indonesia, with $1.94 billion investment. The Jakarta Post’s Veeramalla Anjaiah interviewed South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Young-sun on the state of bilateral relations on Thursday. Here are excerpts of the interview:

Question: What have been the noticeable features of four decades-old diplomatic relations?

Answer: In the past, the relations were only developed around investments such as the forestry and garment sectors. Now we see the two countries shari...