Chinese president wraps up Indonesia trip
Updated: 2015-04-24 15:51
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JAKARTA - Chinese President Xi Jinping left Indonesia for Beijing on Friday after attending an Asian-African summit and commemorative activities of the first large-scale conference of the two continents.
Before closing his three-day trip, Xi joined a constellation of Asian and African leaders in a series of activities organized in the Indonesian city of Bandung in memory of the historic 1955 Bandung Conference.
In a highly symbolic gesture, they walked from Savoy Homann Hotel to Gedung Merdeka, or the Independence Building, where the landmark gathering took place 60 years ago, to demonstrate their determination to remember and carry forward the Bandung Spirit of solidarity, friendship and cooperation.
Sixty years ago, newly-independent and non-aligned nations from Asia and Africa first gathered in the Indonesian city to assert principles of international economic and political engagement, and paint blueprints for their future development.
Prior to the Bandung events, Xi attended the Asian-African Summit 2015 in Jakarta, on the sidelines of which he also met with the leaders of several nations.
In an address to the summit on Wednesday, which drew together leaders and representatives from some 100 Asian and African nations and international organizations, Xi urged Asian and African countries to work together to promote the building of a community of common destiny for all mankind.
Asian and African nations, Xi suggested, need to boost win-win cooperation and create the "one plus one greater than two" effect, by aligning their development strategies and translating their economic complementarity into a driving force for common growth.
In addition, he called for closer South-South and South-North cooperation, and urged the developed countries to honor their aid pledges for their developing peers and offer more assistance with no political strings attached.
Also on Wednesday, Xi met with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, and the two leaders agreed to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which was held at the request of the Japanese side, Xi called upon Tokyo to take seriously the concerns of its Asian neighbors on the history issue.
He proposed that China and Japan adopt a positive policy toward each other and that Tokyo work together with Beijing to make more contribution to regional and global peace, stability and prosperity.
The Chinese president also met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Indonesia was the second leg of Xi's first overseas trip this year, which also took him to Pakistan for a state visit, during which the two sides lifted their relationship to an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan and attend the Asian-African Summit and activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference in Indonesia from April 20 to 24.
Attend the opening ceremony of the Asian-African Summit;
Meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo;
Attend the closing ceremony of the Asian-African Summit;
Historical walk from Savoy Homann Hotel to Gedung Merdeka;
Attend activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference;