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Arrival Statement by H.E. Ambassador Xie Feng At the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport

Jakarta, 3 June 2014

Selamat sore!

It is a great pleasure to be posted to Indonesia, a country of thousands of islands. I want to first thank the crew of Garuda Indonesia for giving my wife and me a wonderful foretaste of this nation’s warm hospitality.

As a matter of fact, my connections to Indonesia started long before this trip. During my student age, popular songs such as Bengawan Solo and Sing Sing So has always inspired our imagination about Indonesia, the Emerald of the Equator. As Director-General for North American and Oceanian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, I had the opportunity of visiting Bali on three occasions over the past three years, and was deeply impressed by the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the island. And today, I’m very much honored to become China’s 11th ambassador to Indonesia. Through our friends in the media, I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to pay tribute to the great people of Indonesia!

As an ancient Asian civilization and a vibrant emerging economy, Indonesia is playing an increasingly important role in regional and global affairs. Thanks to the guidance of our top leaders and the joint efforts of all communities, China-Indonesia relationship has moved into a new era of comprehensive strategic partnership. Now, a window of opportunity is opening for us to make new history for this relationship.

In the years ahead, I look forward to developing a deep understanding of Indonesia’s history, culture, tradition, development story and remarkable changes. I wish to build strong working relations and deep friendship with all of you present today and all communities in the Indonesian society. Let us work together to push the China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership further forward and improve the life quality of our two peoples. I’m confident that our two nations, hand in hand, will contribute to a more peaceful, stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific region.

Terima Kasih!

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