|Xi Jinping begins Southeast Asia trip, makes Indonesia first stop
President Xi Jinping arrived in Jakarta on a state visit to Indonesia, the first leg of his maiden trip to Southeast Asia since he became president in March.
Xi is scheduled to meet with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Boediono and parliamentary leaders. He will also attend a luncheon with the business community.
Xi will deliver a speech to Indonesian lawmakers and elaborate on China's vision to promote bilateral ties and relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as China's development.
Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country Xi is visiting since he became president, reflecting the country's important role in China's diplomacy with neighbors.
Bilateral relations have grown with new achievements in friendly cooperation since the establishment of the China-Indonesia strategic partnership in 2005, said Chinese ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao in an interview with Xinhua.
Bilateral trade with Indonesia reached US$66.2 billion last year, four times that of 2005. China has become Indonesia's second largest trade partner. Bilateral trade in the first half of 2013 hit US$33.84 billion, up 4.6 percent from the same period of last year.
For three successive years, Indonesia has been China's largest market for project contracting in Southeast Asia.
After the Indonesia trip, Xi will also visit to Malaysia.