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Indonesian defense minister meets with senior Chinese military official

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 07:42, July 25, 2014

JAKARTA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yugisantoro met here with Chinese general Fan Changlong on Thursday, according to media report.

The two sides had reportedly an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and other issues of common concern.

Purnomo said the military relations between Indonesia and China has maintained a good momentum of growth in recent year and the two armies have witnessed a expanding pragmatic cooperation.

'Indonesia and China have no conflict of interest and share broad common interest in Asia region,' Purnomo said.

Purnomo added that the two sides are highly hoped to further deepened cooperation under the mechanism of high-level visits, defense consultations, navy dialogues, personnel training, military drill, and others.

Fan, also the vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, the highest authority which runs the country's armed forced, said the China-Indonesia relations are at a new historical starting point since the two leaders upgraded the ties to comprehensive strategic partnership last year.

The Chinese Army is willing to further enrich the bilateral ties by promoting maritime security cooperation, security collaboration as well as pragmatic exchanges, Fan said.

On the South China Sea issue, Fan stated that it should be resolved through negotiations and consultations by countries directly concerned on the basis of historical facts and international law.

'External powers meddling in the South China Sea territorial disputes will only complicate the issue instead of solving it,' Fan pointed out.

During the meeting, Fan also expressed condolences to the Indonesian victims who were on board the Malaysia Airline flight MH17 which crashed days ago and sent sympathy to the families of the victims.

On Thursday, Fan also met with Indonesia's armed forces commander Moeldoko. The two senior military officials exchanged views on the regional security and the bilateral military cooperation.

Fan arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday for a three-day official visit as guest of the Indonesian Defense Ministry. Indonesia is the last stop of Fan's three-state tour after New Zealand and Australia.

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