Xi ends Indonesia visit, leaves for Malaysia

By ( Xinhua )

Updated: 2013-10-03

JAKARTA - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday wrapped up his trip to Indonesia and left for Malaysia for a state visit.

Indonesia is the first leg of Xi's Southeast Asia tour. During his two-day stay in the country, the Chinese president and his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, agreed to lift bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

The two leaders pledged to boost China-Indonesia cooperation in an all-around manner so as to expand bilateral exchanges and cooperation into more areas and raise them to higher levels.

After his Malaysia visit, Xi will travel back to the Indonesian resort island of Bali for the 21st informal economic leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

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