President Yudhoyono to receive honorary doctorate from Chinese university

"President Yudhoyono is extremely worthy of this title considering his success in leading Indonesia into becoming a major developing country," the Chinese Ambassador in Indonesia, Liu Jianchao said.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will receive a doctorate honoris causa from Tsinghua University on his visit to China from March 22-24.

According to the Chinese Ambassador in Indonesia, Liu Jianchao, President Yudhoyono will receive the title on March 24 at Tsinghua University in Haidian District, Beijing.

"President Yudhoyono is extremely worthy of this title considering his success in leading Indonesia into becoming a major developing country," said Liu at a press briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta on Thursday.

Liu further noted that President Yudhoyono, who is highly respected by Chinese youngsters, will deliver a speech to the students of Tsinghua University.

According to Liu, compared to the first time he visited Indonesia in 1991 the country has become more developed and advanced.

Liu also remarked that President Yudhoyono succeeded in bringing Indonesia out of two crises, the tsunami tragedy of 2006 in Aceh and the economic disaster of 2008.

"Considering these achievements, President Yudhoyono is indeed worthy of receiving this doctorate honoris causa title," Liu said.

Tsinghua University is the oldest university in China, built in 1911, and this is its 101st anniversary.

President Yudhoyono`s visit to China is expected, by the government and people of China, to enhance the relationship between the two countries, Liu added.

During the three-day visit to China, President Yudhoyono is scheduled to attend a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao and the signing of several important Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) in the fields of drug eradication, statistics, maritime research, infrastructure, and manufacturing.

The First Lady Ani Yudhoyono is also scheduled to inaugurate the Study Center of Bahasa Indonesia in Beijing at the Foreign Language Studies University.(*)

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