Indonesia's president-elect visits China for talks with President Xi

Indonesia's defense minister Prabowo Subianto has visited China on his first foreign trip as president-elect, for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two confirmed that their countries will further strengthen bilateral ties.

Prabowo was invited by Xi to visit China after winning the February presidential election. The president-elect met Xi in Beijing on Monday.

Indonesia's defense ministry quoted Prabowo as telling Xi that regarding defense cooperation, he views China as one of the key partners in ensuring regional peace and stability.

Xi congratulated Prabowo on his election victory, according to China's foreign ministry. Xi said China and Indonesia are both representatives of major developing countries and emerging markets and that they should support each other in safeguarding their sovereignty, security and development interests.

Xi told Prabowo that Beijing is willing to continue to deepen maritime cooperation with Indonesia. China has been embroiled in territorial disputes in the South China Sea with some members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

China is apparently seeking to increase its regional influence by showing its stance to place importance on relations with Indonesia, a key ASEAN member state.

Prabowo is scheduled to visit Japan on Tuesday. Arrangements are underway for a meeting with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.