|The 1st Meeting of the Maritime Cooperation Committee between China and Indonesia Held in Beijing|
On December 6, 2012, the 1st Meeting of the Maritime Cooperation Committee between China and Indonesia was held in Beijing as a follow-up action to the Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Cooperation signed by the ministers of foreign affairs of the two countries in March 2012.
Co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying and her Indonesian counterpart Wardana, the meeting was attended by representatives from, on the Chinese side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Oceanic Administration, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, China Academy of Space Technology, and, on the Indonesian side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the maritime security coordinating body, the naval headquarters, and police headquarters.
The two sides agreed that maritime cooperation is a key area in their strategic partnership, and the establishment of the China-Indonesia Maritime Cooperation Committee and the Maritime Cooperation Fund is a new step in further strengthening existing maritime cooperation between the two countries. China and Indonesia would work closely with each other, materialize the commitment of the two countries' leaders, and push for new progress in maritime cooperation.
At the meeting, both sides expressed appreciation of the achievements made in bilateral maritime cooperation, and discussed the direction of and key areas for future cooperation, reiterating the important role the China-Indonesia Maritime Cooperation Committee and the Maritime Cooperation Fund are to play in strengthening maritime cooperation between the two countries.
The two sides also agreed to endorse relevant maritime cooperation projects under the framework of the Maritime Cooperation Committee.