China's President Xi Jinping to address Indonesia's Parliament

Chinese President to speak at special session during 2-day visit next week

 
China's President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with Jordan's King Abdullah at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on September 18, 2013.  Mr Xi will address a special session of Indonesia's Parliament when he arrives in Jakarta on Wednesday next week for a two-day state visit to Indonesia. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

IN A first for a visiting foreign leader, Chinese President Xi Jinping will address a special session of Indonesia's Parliament when he arrives in Jakarta on Wednesday next week for a two-day state visit to Indonesia.

He will then visit Malaysia from Oct 4 to Oct 6. Bernama reported a senior Chinese diplomat saying "good news" on bilateral ties can be expected there.

His Jakarta visit is expected to coincide with the inking of several business deals totalling some US$20 billion (S$25 billion), including an agreement between several Chinese companies and the Jakarta Monorail to build a factory to assemble and maintain trains for an initial 30km-long network.

They include China Communications Construction Company, China Northern Railways, as well as the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Indonesian officials also said a 100 billion yuan (S$20.5 billion) bilateral swap agreement with China may be renewed to boost the rupiah, which has weakened in recent weeks.

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