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Chinese premier to visit RI in April

2010. 5 April

( Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will visit Indonesia, on April 23-24, 2010, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa.

"(Chinese Trade Minister Chen Deming) has reconfirmed the visit of the Chinese Premier on April 23-24, to Indonesia, and we are now preparing the agenda," Minister Rajasa said
at the presidential office, here on Monday.

Minister Chen Deming confirmed that Wen would visit Indonesia when paying a courtesy call on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

On the occasion, the President said he would visit the Shanghai Expo in May 2010, Rajasa said.

The two countries` delegations planned to discuss infrastructure development and investment in Indonesia, he said.

Cooperation in infrastructure development, particularly in transportation infrastructure, was one of the main points of focus of the two countries` bilateral cooperation, in addition to investment and trade, the minister said.

In the Tenth Joint Commission of Indonesia and China, both countries agreed to optimize the usage of preferential export credit loan amounting to US$1.8 billion and government concessional loans worth US$1.8 billion, for various development projects in Indonesia.

Among the projects already implemented are the Surabaya-Madura (Suramadu) bridge project and the Labuhan Angin coal power plant. The Jati Gede dam project was still in ongoing.

Six new projects approved by the two countries included the Parit Baru thermal power plant (in West Kalimantan), the Medan-Kuala Namu toll road (South Sumatra), Tayan Bridge (West Kalimantan), Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan toll road (West Java), and Kendari Bridge (Southeast Sulawesi).

Trade Minister Cheng Deming and his Indonesian counterpart chaired the Tenth Chinese-Indonesian Joint Commission in Yogyakarta, last Saturday (April 3).

In the meeting, the two sides agreed to keep their bilateral trade growth and trade balance targets high.

If there was an imbalance in their bilateral trade, the country which enjoyed a surplus, was expected to boost imports from the other country and provide the necessary support.(*)