Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Jakarta, starting his state visit to Indonesia, the first leg of his first Southeast Asia tour since he assumed presidency in March.

While in Indonesia, Xi is scheduled to hold talks with his host President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Boeidiono, leaders of the Indonesian parliament, and representatives of the business circle there.

The Chinese leader will deliver a speech at the Indonesian parliament on the strengthening of bilateral ties, the relation between China and ASEAN, as well as the development of China.

The Indonesian President said he would exchange views with Xi on bilateral relations, international and regional issues of mutual concern, the strengthening of cooperation and the acceleration of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

China has become Indonesia’s second biggest trade partner with two-way trade value reaching 66.2 billion USD last year, four times the figure in 2005.

After Indonesia, Xi will visit Malaysia before returning to Indonesia for the 21 st economic leaders’ meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Bali on October 7 and 8.-VNA