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Changes in Indonesia- Vietnam Relations

Secretary General of the Central Committee of Vietnamese Communist Party Nguyen PhuTrong has an official visit to Indonesia from 22-24 August. It is the first visit since two countries established this strategic partnership relationship, coinciding with the commemoration of ASEAN's 50th anniversary. It has a special and new meaning in the relationship between the two countries in all fields.

Vietnam and Indonesia have established Diplomatic contacts since December 30, 1955. The traditional Vietnamese-Indonesian friendship relationship is built on a solid foundation established by Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and Indonesian President Soekarno. It has been nurtured and built by leaders and people of both countries from generation to generation and has been well developed both in bilateral and multilateral terms.

Especially within the framework of ASEAN. Vietnam and Indonesia have many similarities, namely as members of ASEAN, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and many other regional and international organizations and forums. For Indonesia, Vietnam is an important and potential partner. On the other hand, Vietnam sees Indonesia's role and position as one of the most influential countries in ASEAN. To date, Vietnam is the first and only country in ASEAN to develop strategic partnership relations with Indonesia. However, over the past few years, there has been an increasing trend in the number of Vietnamese vessels and fishermen catching fish in Indonesian sea territory and had collided with Indonesian vessels and Indonesian territory.

The reason is that until now there has been no clear boundary line between two countries. Currently, Indonesia and Vietnam are working hard to pursue a comprehensive mechanism to address the problem. The official visit by Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong in Indonesia is expected to open a new page of relations between Vietnam and Indonesia.

Hopefully the two countries will be able to maintain and enhance the good relations that has been well established so far.

That was Commentary.


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