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RI expects wider ties with new leader

  • Yohanna Ririhena

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 15 2013   /  10:25 am
Good luck: Hu Jintao (left) congratulates China’s newly elected president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping, during the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Thursday. (Reuters/China Daily)(left) congratulates China’s newly elected president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping, during the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Thursday. (Reuters/China Daily)

Good luck: Hu Jintao (left) congratulates China’s newly elected president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping, during the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Thursday. (Reuters/China Daily)Despite robust relations with China, especially in the economic sector, Indonesia should pursue a wider scope of cooperation with the Asian super power as it elected heir-in-waiting Xi Jinping as its new president on Thursday.

China’s parliament completed the country’s second orderly political succession since the Communist Party took power in 1949.

University of Indonesia’s expert on Chinese relations, Natalia Su-bagyo, underlined the need for Indonesia to put more effort into developing its ties with China.

“We need a greater exchange of knowledge and ‘best practices’ with ...