Indonesia-China cooperation mutually beneficial

Indonesia-China cooperation mutually beneficial

Indonesia - China (ANTARA PHOTO/Puspa Perwitasari)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said cooperation between Indonesia and China has benefited both sides.

Indonesia is ready to continue comprehensive and strategic cooperation with China as long as the cooperation will continue to benefit both sides, Luhut said on the sidelines of a seminar on `Indonesia-China 5 Years of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership` here on Tuesday.

"In principle the cooperation has benefited the two countries, therefore if they invest in Indonesia,we don`t want the investment only to exploit the raw materials we have, but we want added value from the investment," he said.

Luhut said there are four aspects which are fundamental to be met by foreign investors in Indonesia - the technology and the investment must be environmentally friendly, the investors have to employ local workers as many as possible, and transfer of technology must go with the investment.

"Thereby, foreign investment must produce added value for Indonesia," he said.

He said China has become one of the most important partners for Indonesia. In the past three years , the governments of the two countries have cooperated closely, he added.

Indonesia and China have to be able to promote global and regional cooperation. The two countries have the ability to strengthen global cooperation, he said.

He went on to say , there are many things that Indonesia could learn from China such as determination and advanced research.

"I think they are a good example for strong discipline. They are fast in performing duty. Therefore, we should not talk too much about differences," he said.

Earlier Luhut invited China to increase investment in Indonesia, saying the country has offered facilities for foreign investment.

Reporting by Aria Cindyara
Editing by Suharto