Denpasar (ANTARA) - Indonesia – the world's third-biggest democracy with the largest Muslim population worldwide – has emerged as one of China's most crucial partners in bilateral cooperation.

"Indonesia becomes China's most important partners in bilateral cooperation, including investment. Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia," Consul General of the People's Republic of China Gou Haodong stated in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday (Sept 2).

The relations between China and Indonesia date back thousand years and continue to deepen.

China is currently venturing ahead across all sectors and will continue to intensify cooperation with other nations in the world.

"The Indonesian market is quite large, and it will greatly offer benefits to China that continues to invest in Indonesia," Haodong remarked.

In connection with investment, China had given due priority to humanity and mutual benefits.

Haodong pointed out that in 1978, China had begun implementing reforms and openness, in terms of investment. During that time, the government had issued policies with the objective of attracting investors.

After policy reformation in the nation, foreign investors have steadily invested their capital, and China has shown steady growth.

"Hence, the purpose of investment is not only to offer benefits to investors but also the country of China," he emphasized.

Haodong opined that in the absence of foreign investments, China would not have advanced. Related news: ASEAN can aid in mitigating China-US rivalry in Indo-Pacific: Sukma

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Translator: Bernardus / Azis Kurmala
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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