Dear Friends of Indonesia,
It gives me
great pleasure to be able to join you today on the auspicious occasion of the
launching of ‘Indonesia International Friendly Contact’.
outset, on behalf of the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia who is on his
official duty and is therefore regretfully unable to be with us today, I would
like to convey my heartfelt gratitude and highest appreciation to the
organizers for its utmost effort to convene this event.
I commend that the launching
of this friendship association is held at the impeccable time. This year we
commemorate a watershed event in the history of relationship between Indonesia
one of the first countries to recognize China and it was 60 years ago that
diplomatic relations were officially established between our two countries. It
was the vision of our great leaders that China and Indonesia should march side
by side on the road to progress and together contribute to peace, security,
stability and prosperity not only in our region but also in the international
relations between Indonesia and China reached a new high in 2005 when Leaders
of our two countries signed the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership.
Since then, we have been witnessing the enhancement of mutually beneficial
bilateral cooperation in all fields, including economic cooperation. This year,
China replaces the US as Indonesia’s top two export markets before Japan, and
the bilateral trade volume counted for US$28.6 billion. President Yudhoyono has
set a target for trade with China to reach US$50 billion in 2014. In addition,
the Government of Indonesia also determines that to achieve the sustainable
development, the cooperation should be focused on the improvement of
infrastructures, technology transfer for food and energy security, as well as
information and experience sharing in tackling social issues, poverty
alleviation and disaster risk management.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
the size of the two countries’ population and the expansion of their industrial
and other sectors, there is still so many untapped potential that can be
jointly explored and developed. However, the target of cooperation should not
be limited only to reaching higher trade volume, but, most importantly, also promoting
mutual understanding between businesses and people of the two countries.
Chinese have always been an important ethnic since the pre-independence period
of the country, even long before that. There have been considerable and
revolutionary changes to government’s policies towards Chinese. It is now era
of rediscovery. Many Mandarin learning centers open throughout the country. Dragon and
are shown in public in many places. The Chinese culture is starting to be
embraced by popular media, which widely cover Chinese New
Year celebrations and even broadcast TV shows on Feng Shui
and news in Chinese language on television and radio.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Hu Jintao have declared Year
2010 as the Year of Friendship. Thus today I can say with full confidence that
the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two countries are much
stronger. That growth in our relationship, which has been of great benefit to
our two peoples, is certainly worth celebrating.
International Friendly Contact will complement to the existing social
fraternities which serve as the avenue for closer engagement amongst nations,
exchange of cultures and ideas, and stronger cooperation on a people-to-people
It is our
fervent hope that Indonesia International Friendly Contact and its
counterpart—China Association for International Friendly Contact will pave the
way and build a very busy avenue of friendship in the years to come, contributing
to the promotion of joint undertakings in economy, social, culture, science and
technology, health and education with the ultimate end of development to
realize the dream of the people of the two nations to live in justice,
prosperity and peace.
the committee members of the foundation, which comprises outstanding personages
and experts of various fields, I personally believe that we are one step closer
to materializing that dream.
assure you the full support from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in
Beijing, as the representative of the Government of Indonesia in People’s
Republic of China, to shore up for the success of IIFC in achieving its
May I once
again congratulate and commend Indonesia International Friendship Contact—the founder,
the chairman, the committee and all who have a hand in putting together this
Let this be
an occasion for reaffirming our resolve to sustain and enhance the friendship