Jakarta Post: Vietnam and Indonesia are always close partners

Vietnam and Indonesia are always close partners, according to an article in the Jakarta Post on Tuesday to mark the official visit to Indonesia by Vietnam's Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong this week.

The article said Vietnam and Indonesia share economic similarities and are competing for foreign direct investment and market access. Both aim to achieve a 10 billion USD bilateral trade by 2018. Vietnam and Indonesia shared numerous viewpoints and maintained close coordination at international forums such as the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN).

On Monday, an Eurasia Review online article said the historic visit, which is also the first-ever visit to Indonesia by a General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, is intended to open a new chapter in the more than six decades of close friendship between the two countries. The article said Vietnam is scheduled to host the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang in November and President Joko Widodo will attend. The visits of Mr. Trong and Mr. Widodo will set the course of strategic ties between Vietnam and Indonesia for the future, the Eurasia Review said.

Source: VOV5