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    ASIAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE COMMEMORATION 2015

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    Asian-African Conference 1955

    Asian-African Conference in 1955 marked an important milestone in the history of Asian and African countries. The delegates from 29 participating countries gathered in Bandung, Indonesia to discuss peace, security, and economic development in the midst of emerging problems in many parts of the world.

    The problems were mostly caused by the two blocs which had different interests and ideologically contradicted. The blocs were known as Western Bloc and Eastern Bloc. Each of them tried to persuade support from the countries in Asia and Africa which was known as “the Cold War”. The world situation, especially in Asia and Africa, was also affected by colonialism in various forms. In addition, some independent Asian-African countries suffered conflicts that existed as a result of colonialism and divide et impera politic. At the time, the United Nations was unable to tackle those problems.

    The problems become the major reasons for the governments of Burma (Myanmar), India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to organize the Asian-African Conference (AAC). They invited countries from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to craft a new ethos of relationship among nations which was called "The Spirit of Bandung". The Leaders at the AAC also declared "The Ten Principles of Bandung" that reflects the commitment of nations to practice tolerance and to live peace with one another as good neighbors.

    New Asian-African Strategic Partnership 2005

    Fifty years after the conference, Indonesia successfully hosted the Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the Asian-African Conference. The Bandung Spirit was finally revived; and plans were made for future cooperation between the two continents. All participants who gathered on April 22-24, 2005 in Jakarta and Bandung were convinced that the Bandung Spirit continued to be a solid foundation to nurture better relations among Asian and African countries and to resolve global issues. The commemoration led to the creation of New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).

    Formally signed by the summit’s co-hosts, Indonesia and South Africa, the Declaration of NAASP serves as the blueprint for collaboration of two continents in addressing poverty and underdevelopment that considered as major problems in Asia and Africa. It was an accord which aimed at strengthening multilateralism, achieving economic growth, promoting global peace and security, and pursuing a path of sustainable growth between the two regions. Besides that, the Leaders also endorsed the outcome documents that addressed poverty eradication, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and the development of tsunami early warning system.

    Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference and 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership

    In Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference and 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP), the Government of the Republic of Indonesia will host a series of high level events under the theme “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity” in Jakarta and Bandung on April 19-24, 2015. Delegates from 109 Asian and African countries, 16 observer countries, and 25 international organizations are invited to participate in this important event.

    The forum is aimed to bridge Asian and African nations to stronger partnership and to share experiences in enhancing both regions’ economic development. It is also an opportunity to discuss solutions to overcome common challenges through strengthening South-South Cooperation.

    The series of the meetings will begin with the Senior Official Meeting on April 19, 2015 on which it will be followed by the Ministerial Meeting on April 20. Then, it will be continued by the Leaders Meeting on April 22-23. In addition, the Asian-African Business Summit will be held on April 21-22 in Jakarta, as a side event. Furthermore, the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference will be held in Bandung on April 24.

    The Asian-African Conference Commemoration is aimed to conclude three outcome documents, namely document contained Bandung Message, document on reinvigorating NAASP, and declaration regarding Asian-African nations’ support to Palestine.

    Asian African Conference Commemoration 2015
     
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    add some lively pics comrade.



     
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    The Ceremony will be held in this old Building, at Bandung, West Java.

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    Jokowi's speech in KAA pretty strong and interesting, can someone translate them?.

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    Bandung Conference to take on new meaning: China's Ambassador to Indonesia

    JAKARTA - President Xi Jinping, upon the invitation of his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, will attend an Asian-African summit and activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference in Indonesia.

    In a written interview with Xinhua ahead of the anniversary, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xie Feng said countries in Asia and Africa should deepen practical cooperation on the basis of inheriting and carrying on Bandung Spirit, adding that the Chinese initiatives would inject new impetus into the cooperation between the two continents.

    According to Xie, the mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation between developing economies, including the Asian and African countries, is an important part of China's major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.

    Xi's upcoming visit to Indonesia for the Asian-African summit and activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference demonstrates China's determination in promoting cooperation and common development of the countries in Asia and Africa, he added.

    Six decades ago, pursuing peaceful co-existence and seeking common ground while reserving differences were the theme of the Bandung Spirit. Today, the spirit features common development and win-win cooperation.

    Xie said Asian and African countries should keep up with the times and create a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as its core values.

    According to the ambassador, on economy, Asian and African countries should uphold common development, seek partnership on the basis of complementary advantages and maximize the benefits of all parties.

    On politics, Asian and African countries should insist on equality and justice, increase the voice and representation of developing economies, and promote democratization, legalization and rationalization of international relations.

    On culture, Asian and African countries should stick to the spirit of inclusion and mutual reference, respect the diversity of cultures and promote harmonious co-existence.

    On security, Asian and African countries should advocate the principle of common, cooperative, comprehensive and sustainable security to create a safe environment worldwide.

    The Asian-African Conference this year is themed "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity."

    As the largest developing country in the world, China has always been a supporter, practitioner and leader of Asian-African cooperation, Xie said, adding that China has strengthened bilateral and regional dialogues and cooperation and deepened trade and investment ties with countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

    China has played a significant role in poverty reduction in the developing world from Asia to Africa through infrastructure development, human resources development, tariff breaks and debt relief.

    "The China-proposed 'One Belt, One Road' initiatives will provide opportunities to Asian-African nations and contribute to Asian-African cooperation," Xie said.

    This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between China and Indonesia.

    "China-Indonesia relations have come through an extraordinary path and achieved historical progress over the 65 years. Leaders of both sides expect mutually beneficial cooperation and attach great attention to bilateral relations, which run at a high level, as top-level visits between the two countries are very frequent these years," said Xie.

    Indonesia has become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and has been communicating with China to promote institutionalized arrangements and concrete measures in such areas as infrastructure, investment and manufacturing capacity. It also wishes to push forward the construction of Maritime Silk Road and make some achievements as early as possible.

    "China is willing to take the opportunity of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference to work alongside with Indonesia to align development strategies and deepen pragmatic cooperation to push forward China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership," the ambassador said.

    Bandung Conference to take on new meaning: China's Ambassador to Indonesia - World - Chinadaily.com.cn
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    Japan says PM Abe will meet China's Xi in Indonesia

    TOKYO/JAKARTA, April 22 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia on Wednesday, a Japanese government official said, the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the Asian rivals.

    Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbours' wartime past as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. A meeting on Wednesday between the two leaders could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year.

    Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhide Suga told reporters earlier that he hoped Abe and Xi would meet in Jakarta although precise details of the encounter had not been decided.

    A Japanese government official, however, told Reuters the two would meet.

    China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

    Abe is set to speak at the Jakarta summit, remarks that will be watched for hints about whether he wants to dilute past apologies over World War Two. Such a dilution would not sit well with China, Japan's war-time enemy and main regional rival.

    A Japanese government source has said that Abe, who returned to power in 2012, would express remorse over the war in Jakarta but media said he would not apologise.

    Memories of Japan's past military aggression run deep in China 70 years after the end of World War Two and Beijing has repeatedly urged Japan to face up to history.

    Some experts, however, say China has decided the time is ripe for rapprochement.

    As the Jakarta conference got underway, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was flanked by Xi and Abe for a group leaders' photo. The two remained on either side of Widodo when they sat and watched an Indonesian traditional dance troupe perform.

    Abe's speech in Jakarta will be followed by a speech to the U.S. Congress next week and a statement in August marking the anniversary of the end of World War Two.

    Abe has said he will uphold past government apologies over the war, but wants to issue a forward-looking statement in his own words - raising concerns he intends to water down Japan's previous comments.

    Japan says PM Abe will meet China's Xi in Indonesia
     
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    President Soekarno Opening Speech at Asian African Conference 1955, Bandung, Indonesia



    PS: My English is much better than him .................. :D
     
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    Indonesia calls for leaving "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods behind

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on Wednesday for a new global financial order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past.

    Widodo's speech in Jakarta opened a meeting of Asian and African nations to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that was seen as a united stand by the developing world against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement.

    Among the leaders listening were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who were expected to meet on the sidelines of the conference, the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the Asian rivals.

    Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbours' wartime past as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. Bilateral talks in Jakarta on Wednesday could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year.

    Widodo made no mention of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) that is seen as a threat to the Western-dominated World Bank and Asian Development Bank, but Indonesia is one of nearly 60 countries that have offered to be founding members of the AIIB.

    The United States and Japan have not thrown their support behind the bank, which is seen as a threat to U.S. efforts to extend its influence in the Asia-Pacific region and balance China's growing financial clout.

    "There is a shifting world reality ... Those who say the global economic problems shall only be solved through the World Bank, the IMF and the ADB, these are obsolete ideas," Widodo said. "There needs to be change."

    "It's imperative that we build a new international economic order that is open to new emerging economic powers."

    The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were at the centre of the post-World War Two Bretton Woods monetary order created by the United States and Europe.

    Indonesia invited heads of state and government from 109 Asian and African countries, but there have been dozens of no-shows and officials said only 34 leaders turned up.

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, speaking at the conference, said countries in Asia and Africa "should no longer be consigned to the role of exporters of primary goods and importers of finished goods".

    He called it a "role that has historically been assigned to us by the colonial powers and starting from the days of colonialism".

    The world order has changed dramatically since nearly 30 heads of state gathered in 1955 to discuss security and economic development away from global powers embroiled in the Cold War.

    Many of those countries, such as China and India, are now themselves at top tables like the Group of 20 and wield significant economic power.

    Widodo said the group was meeting again in a changed world but still it needed to stand together against the domination of "a certain group of countries" to avoid unfairness and global imbalances.

    Indonesia calls for leaving "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods behind | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
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    Welcome To Bandung, Delegations Of Asian African Conference 2015

     
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    Indonesian president calls for reformed UN, new economic order

    Jakarta (dpa) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo called Wednesday for a new economic order in the world and reforms to the United Nations.

    Opening the Asian-African Conference, which was observing its 60th anniversary, Widodo in a brief speech said that global imbalance has led to destruction, while the UN has seemed incapable of addressing global problems. Violent act carried out without UN mandate showed disregard for the organization, he said.

    "Therefore, the Asian-African countries urge the reform of the United Nations so that it would function as an international organization that push for justice to all nations," Widodo said.

    The meeting included 92 countries from the two continents and 30 world leaders, including chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Jong-nam.

    Widodo said the view that global economic problems can only be solved through the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank is obsolete.

    "I am of the opinion that global economy should not depend on the three global institutions. We have to create a new world economic order," Widodo said.

    "We urge the reform of a new economic order to eschew other country's domination. The world now needs a new collective global leadership that should be carried out responsibly."

    He reiterated his campaign promise to make Palestine independence a reality and called for participating countries to support the goal.

    "We have to support the birth of an independent Palestine," Widodo said.

    The conference will end Saturday with leaders recreating the historical walk their predecessors took in 1955 in Bandung, West Java, where the first Asian-African Conference was held.

    dpa news - Indonesian president calls for reformed UN, new economic order
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    Japan's Abe expresses 'remorse' over WWII, stops short of apology

    JAKARTA (AFP) -
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "deep remorse" on Wednesday for Japan's World War II aggression at a summit attended by Asian leaders, but stopped short of repeating previous apologies in a move that risks angering Beijing and Seoul.

    However there were also signs of a thaw with China, with Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands as the summit in Indonesia got under way and a Tokyo official saying that the ground was being laid for the pair to meet on the sidelines.

    A new meeting would be a significant step towards easing long-running tensions over Tokyo's wartime past and territorial disputes.

    The leaders have only met once before, at a summit in November last year in China, where they shared an awkward handshake, but have never had a formal sit-down.

    The speech by Abe, a strident nationalist, at the Asia-Africa Summit in Jakarta was being closely watched for clues about a statement he is due to make later this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

    Observers are waiting to see whether he will make direct reference to his country's "colonial rule and aggression" and express "remorse" and apologise, as previous premiers did on the 50th and 60th anniversaries.

    He suggested in a TV interview this week he will not repeat a formal apology in that statement.

    For China and South Korea, which suffered under the yoke of Japan's imperial ambition, Abe's language is a crucial marker of Tokyo's acceptance of guilt for its march across Asia in the 1930s and 1940s, which left millions dead.

    At the start of the two-day summit Wednesday, which commemorates a key conference 60 years ago that helped emerging nations forge a common identity, he offered weaker remarks than previous Japanese leaders -- potentially a bad omen for the closely-watched statement later this year.

    Referring to principles of peace laid down at the original conference, he told delegates: "And Japan, with feelings of deep remorse over the past war, made a pledge to remain a nation always adhering to those very principles throughout, no matter what the circumstances."

    The weak statement is particularly notable as then Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi offered a "heartfelt apology" and referred to "colonial rule and aggression" at an Asia-Africa summit in Jakarta in 2005, echoing language in a landmark 1995 statement.

    Abe also made a veiled attack at China over ongoing maritime disputes: "We should never allow to go unchecked the use of force by the mightier to twist the weaker around."

    - Territorial tensions -

    Beijing and Tokyo are at odds over the sovereignty of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which Japan administers and calls the Senkakus but which China claims as the Diaoyus.

    China is also locked in territorial disputes in the South China Sea with several countries, and tensions are particularly high with the Philippines.

    Xi, speaking prior to Abe at the gathering, made no mention of regional tensions but called for a "fair" global financial system, as Beijing increasingly wins support for its new regional development bank in the face of US opposition.

    Attention will again focus on Abe's choice of words about the war when he heads to the United States this weekend on a week-long trip, during which he will address a joint session of congress.

    Abe's Jakarta speech was just his latest move that risks inflaming regional tensions -- it came after he this week sent an offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, the supposed repository of the country's war dead including 14 infamous war criminals.

    And on Wednesday, more than 100 Japanese lawmakers visited the shrine, which China and South Korea view as a symbol of Japan's unwillingness to repent for aggressive warring, drawing a swift rebuke from Seoul, which expressed "deep disappointment and regret".

    But despite Abe's notable failure to offer up a full apology at the summit, there were indications of warming ties between Xi and Abe with the handshake and mounting expectations of a meeting.

    Asked whether Xi and Abe would meet, Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo: "I hope we will have such an opportunity at some point today.

    "I have received a report that they are making the final arrangements, but it hasn't been decided yet where and when to hold the meeting."

    Flash - Japan's Abe expresses 'remorse' over WWII, stops short of apology - France 24
     
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    Agenda, April 21st : Side Event: Asian African Carnival
    Lokasi : Bandung, Indonesia A City Festivity in Celebrating 60 Years of Asian African Conference PRE EVENT 29 March 2015 Maha Culture Festival Road to Asian African Carnival 19 April 2015 Asian African Solidarity Walk EVENT 21 April 2015 Solidarity Day: Tribute to Soekarno & Mandela 22-23 April 2015 Asian African Meet & Greet 22-27 […]
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    Agenda, April 21st : Side Event: Asian-African Business Summit
    Lokasi : Jakarta Convention Center 09.00–09.25 Opening Session Welcome Address by Mr. Suryo B. Sulisto, Chairman of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Opening Speech by HE. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia 09.25-09.55 Plenary Session I Keynote Speeches: 1. HE. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China* 2. […]
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    Agenda, April 20th : Asian-African Ministerial Meeting
    Lokasi : Jakarta Convention Center 08:00 – 18:00 Registration of Delegates 08:00 – 08:45 Arrival of Ministers at the Venue 09:00 – 09:15 Opening Session: Opening Remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia 09:20 – 09:30 Photo Session 09:30 – 09:45 Coffee Break 09:45 – 12:30 Plenary Session I 12:30 […]
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    Agenda, April 19th : Asian-African Senior Officials’ Meeting
    Lokasi : Jakarta Convention Center 08:00 – 18:00 Registration of Delegates & Media 08:00 – 08:30 Arrival of Senior Officials at the Venue 09:00 – 09:15 Opening Session: Welcoming Remarks by the Senior Official of the Republic of Indonesia 09:20 – 09:30 Photo session 09:35 – 09:55 Coffee Break 10:00 – 12:30 Plenary Session I […]

    Delegate of AACC 2015

    ASIA :

    1. Republic of Uzbekistan
    2. Republic of Turkmenistan
    3. Republic of Tajikistan
    4. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
    5. Islamic Republic of Pakistan
    6. Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
    7. Republic of Maldives
    8. Kyrgiz republic
    9. Republic Of Kazakhstan
    10. Islamic Republic of Iran
    11. Republic Of India
    12. Kingdom Of Bhutan
    13. Peoples Republic Of Bangladesh
    14. Republic Of Azerbaijan
    15. Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan
    AFRICA :

    1. Republic of Zimbabwe
    2. Republic of Zambia
    3. Republic of Uganda
    4. Republic of Togo
    5. United Republic of Tanzania
    6. Kingdom of Swaziland
    7. Republic of South Sudan
    8. Federal Republic of Somalia
    9. Republic of Sierra Leone
    10. Republic of Seychelles
    11. Republic of Senegal
    12. Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe
    13. Republic of Rwanda
    14. Republic of Cote D’Ivoire
    15. Federal Republic of Nigeria
    16. Republic of Niger
    17. Republic of Namibia
    18. Republic of Mozambique
    19. Republic of Mauritius
    20. REpublic of Mali
    21. Republic of Malawi
    22. Republic of Madagaskar
    23. Republic of Liberia
    24. Kingdom of Lesotho
    25. Democratic Republic of Congo
    26. Republic of The Congo
    27. Union Of The Comoros
    28. Republic of Kenya
    29. Republic of Cameroon
    30. Republic of The Guinea Equatorial
    31. Republic of Guinea Bissau
    32. Republic of Guinea
    33. Republic of Ghana
    34. Republic of The Gambia
    35. Gabonese Republic
    36. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
    37. Republic of Djibouti
    38. State of Eritrea
    39. Republic of Chad
    40. Republic of Cabo Verde
    41. Republic of Burundi
    42. Burkina Faso
    43. Republic of Botswana
    44. Republic of Benin
    45. Republic of Angola
    46. Central African Republic
    47. Republic of South Africa
    MIDDLE EAST :

    1. Islamic Republic of Mauritania
    2. The Kingdom of Marocco
    3. Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan
    4. Syrian Arab Republic
    5. The State of Palestine
    6. Republic of Lebanon
    7. Republic of Iraq
    8. Republic Of Yemen
    9. State of Libya
    10. Republic of Sudan
    11. State of Kuwait
    12. United Arab Emirates
    13. State of Qatar
    14. Sultanate of Oman
    15. Kingdom of Bahrain
    16. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    17. The Republic of Tunisia
    18. The Arab Republic Of Egypt
    19. The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
    Gear Up for Asian African Conference
    The 60th Asian-African Conference is planned to be held in Jakarta from April 21 to 23, 2015

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    • [​IMG]Indonesian mobile brigade police during a preparation for the upcoming 60th Asian-African Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 14, 2015. The 60th Asian-African Conference is planned to be held in Jakarta from April 21 to 23, 2015 (EPA Photo/Adi Weda)
    • [​IMG]Indonesian mobile brigade police during a preparation for the upcoming 60th Asian-African Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 14, 2015. The 60th Asian-African Conference is planned to be held in Jakarta from April 21 to 23, 2015 (EPA Photo/Adi Weda)
    • [​IMG]Indonesian mobile brigade police during a preparation for the upcoming 60th Asian-African Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 14, 2015. The 60th Asian-African Conference is planned to be held in Jakarta from April 21 to 23, 2015 (EPA Photo/Adi Weda)
    • [​IMG]Armed soldiers stand guard on a main street in Jakarta on April 14, 2015, as part of their effort to secure the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia on April 22-24, 2015, which leaders from Asian and African countries are attending. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)
    • [​IMG]Armed soldiers stand guard on a main street in Jakarta on April 14, 2015, as part of their effort to secure the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia on April 22-24, 2015, which leaders from Asian and African countries are attending. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)
    • [​IMG]Armed soldiers stand guard on a main street in Jakarta on April 14, 2015, as part of their effort to secure the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia on April 22-24, 2015, which leaders from Asian and African countries are attending. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)
    • [​IMG]Armed soldiers stand guard on a main street in Jakarta on April 14, 2015, as part of their effort to secure the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia on April 22-24, 2015, which leaders from Asian and African countries are attending. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)
    • [​IMG]Flags from Asian and African countries are hoisted on a main street in Jakarta on April 14, 2015 in preparation for the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia taking place between April 22-24, 2015, which leaders from Asian and African countries are attending. (AFP Photo /Bay Ismoyo)
     
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    Several Asian-Afrixan leaders echo views on regional cooperation
    Rabu, 22 April 2015 15:13 WIB | 368 Views

    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Several heads of state/government underscored the importance of regional cooperation in all fields to boost common welfare and progress in their address to the first plenary session of the Asian-African Summit here on Wednesday.

    Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam said he supported all regional and international cooperation efforts including in the economic, social and cultural fields.

    Brunei Darussalam is prepared to cooperate with other countries for the goodness of Asia and Africa. For Brunei, South-South cooperation is one of the good cooperation frameworks which is worth developing, he said.

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the island state sees opportunities for inter-regional cooperation are still widely open and can be further developed.

    According to Lee, Singapore will host the third Singapore-Africa economic meeting this year. He said trade cooperation between Asia and Africa is one of the important thing to be developed.

    King of Swaziland Swasti II said the Asian African Conference held in Bandung in 1955 is an important milestone for Asian and African countries. With the current development, the Asian-African cooperation must constantly be developed for the benefit of each countrys and each regions welfare.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo led the first plenary session of the Asian African Summit, along with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at the Jakarta Convention Center.

    "I am thankful to the Zimbabwean President for his readiness to lead the first session (together with me). The next are other heads of state/government who will lead sessions to deliver their statement for not more than five minutes each so we can conclude each session on time," Joko Widodo said while opening the first plenary session of the Asian-African Summit.

    In the first plenary session, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi reported the results of senior officials meeting and ministerial-level meeting held earlier.

    Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Suryo Bambang Sulisto conveyed the outcome of Asian-African Business Summit held the day before to Asian and African leaders who attended the event.

    President Joko Widodo later invited President Mugabe to deliver his views, followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Jordan King Abdullah II.

    Afterwards, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani conveyed their views.

    The other heads of state/government who were present at the summit were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Timor Leste President Taur Matan Ruak.

    Earlier in the day, President Joko Widodo greeted the heads of state/government from Asian-African countries who will attend the Asian-African Summit at the Jakarta Convention Center.

    The heads of state/government began arriving in batches since 8:30 a.m. local time and were welcomed by President Jokowi, who had been waiting for them, and then led them into the conference room.

    Those who were received by the Indonesian president were Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah of Palestine, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbawe, King Abdullah-II of Jordan, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan o Cha of Thailand, among others.

    During an exclusive interview with ANTARA at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday, President Jokowi noted that regional stability was a prerequisite to economic growth, and the efforts to maintain stability were absolutely necessary.(*)

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    (Reuters) - Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past.

    Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement.

    Among the leaders listening were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who were expected to meet on the sidelines of the conference, the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the Asian rivals.

    Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbors' wartime past, as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. Bilateral talks in Jakarta on Wednesday could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year.

    Abe, in an apparent reference to China's growing military assertiveness, told the conference that the use of force by the "mightier" should never go unchecked.

    The Japanese prime minister also said Japan had pledged, "with feelings of deep remorse over the past war", to adhere to principles such as refraining from acts of aggression and settling international disputed by peaceful means.

    It was not immediately clear if the remarks would satisfy China's desire for Japan to acknowledge its wartime past, but a Japanese official told Reuters Abe and Xi would meet.

    Xi had earlier told the conference that "a new type of international relations" was needed to encourage cooperation between Asian and African nations, and said the developed world had an obligation to support the rest with no political strings attached, the Xinhua news agency said.


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    Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the conference host, said those who still insisted that global economic problems could only be solved through the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank were clinging to "obsolete ideas".

    "There needs to be change," he said. "It's imperative that we build a new international economic order that is open to new emerging economic powers."

    The IMF and World Bank were at the center of the post-World War Two monetary order created by the United States and Europe at the Bretton Woods Conference in New Hampshire in 1944.

    Widodo made no mention of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) that is seen as a competitor to the Western-dominated World Bank and Asian Development Bank, but Indonesia is one of nearly 60 countries that have offered to be founding members of the AIIB.

    The United States and Japan have not thrown their support behind the bank, which is viewed as a threat to U.S. efforts to extend its influence in the Asia-Pacific region and balance China's growing financial clout.

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe told the conference that Asian and African countries "should no longer be consigned to the role of exporters of primary goods and importers of finished goods".

    He called it a "role that has historically been assigned to us by the colonial powers and starting from the days of colonialism".

    Indonesia invited heads of state and government from 109 Asian and African countries, but according to a conference official, 21 leaders turned up, which commentators have said shows the group is no longer relevant.

    The world order has changed dramatically since nearly 30 heads of state gathered in 1955 in the Indonesian town of Bandung to discuss security and economic development away from global powers embroiled in the Cold War.

    Together they accounted for less than a quarter of global economic output at that time, but today they contribute to more than half of the world economy. Many of the Bandung countries, such as China and India, are now themselves at top tables like the Group of 20 and wield significant economic power.

    Widodo said the group may be meeting in a changed world but still needed to stand together against the domination of "a certain group of countries" to avoid unfairness and global imbalances.


    (Writing by John Chalmers; Additional reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor and Nicholas Owen; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Alex Richardson)

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    tehran times : Rouhani in Jakarta to attend Asian-African summit

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    TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in the Indonesian capital Jakarta late on Tuesday to attend the Asian-African Conference (AAC).

    The president traveled to Indonesia to attend a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the AAC. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is accompanying Rouhani.

    The president was welcomed by Indonesian and Iranian officials including Tehran’s Ambassador to Jakarta Valiollah Mohammadi Nasrabadi.

    Rouhani’s visit comes at the invitation of his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo.

    Rouhani is scheduled to deliver a speech in the public session of the conference on Wednesday morning and is set to preside over one of the sessions of the heads of state, Press TV reported.

    President Rouhani will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian Widodo among other senior figures on the sidelines of the ceremony.

    The five-day conference, which included a ministerial meeting on Monday and a business summit on Tuesday, will end on Friday, with heads of state heading to Bandung in West Java Province to commemorate the original gathering.

    According to Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, 33 heads of state and representatives from 77 countries have confirmed their participation in the summit and the commemoration event.

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    Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang is leading a delegation to take part in the 2015 Asian-African Conference (AAC) that opened in Jakarta on Wednesday, with its theme being “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity.”

    The president’s participation in the three-day event, also known as the Bandung Conference, was made at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

    The conference gathers 91 delegations from 91 countries in Asia and Africa, 17 observer countries, and 25 international organizations. Of these attendees, 23 are heads of state and prime ministers, seven vice presidents, six deputy prime ministers, and more than 30 ministers.

    Today, besides attending the AAC plenary sessions, President Sang is slated to have a series of bilateral meetings with other countries’ leaders on the sidelines, focusing on promoting cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and those nations.

    The Vietnamese delegation is also scheduled to attend the 60th anniversary celebration of the Asian-African Conference and the 10th anniversary of the New Strategic Asian-African Partnership.

    The first Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung City, Indonesia from April 18 to 24, 1955, gathering leaders from 29 Asian and African countries.

    This conference issued 10 principles that laid a solid foundation for relations among nations from the two continents, including respect for national sovereignty and international law, peaceful settlement of disputes, and promotion of cooperation, among others, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

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    Indonesia To Showcase Moral Support For Palestine In Asia-Africa Conference
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    Jakarta (Antara News) - Indonesia, a staunch supporter of Palestine, will use the Asia-Africa Conferences 60th Commemoration, a major gathering of at least 32 leaders of Asian and African countries, to showcase its moral support for Palestinian people who are still under occupation.

    During the Asia-Africa Conference 2015 held in Jakarta and Bandung, April 19-24, 2015, Indonesia and other countries in the two continents will reiterate political solidarity and moral support for Palestine, according to Siti Nugraha Mauludiah, the Indonesian foreign affairs ministrys director for technical cooperation, recently.

    The solidarity and support are in accordance with the spirit of the Bandung Conference which is totally against any colonialism and occupation on Earth.

    "We believe a declaration on support for Palestines independence will be fully adopted by all participants. If the Asian and African countries have recognized Palestines independence, it will be a booster to other nations to give their recognition, too," she said when speaking in a seminar on "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity" in Jakarta, on April 15, 2915.

    Indonesia is organizing a series of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference (AAC) taking place in Jakarta and Bandung, on April 19-25, 2015.

    Some 32 world leaders are to attend the AAC Summit on April 22 and 23. The leaders who have confirmed their attendance include those from Brunei Darussalam, Jordan, Swaziland, China, North Korea, Iran, Madagascar, Malawi, Myanmar, Namibia, Sudan, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Gabon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, and Thailand.

    Six countries, namely Algeria, Angola, Liberia, the Philippines, Seychelles, and Zambia, will send deputy heads of state or government.

    The Asia-Africa Conference (ACC) was first organized in Bandung, West Java, on April 18-24, 1955, at the initiative of Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Ceylon (Sri Lanka), India, and Pakistan.

    It was seen as a symbol of freeing countries from colonialism, besides being a symbol of resurgence of Asian and African nations.

    Some 29 countries representing more than half of the worlds population had sent their delegates to the conference. The conference resulted in the "Dasasila" Bandung, or the 10-points Bandung Declaration, on the Promotion of World Peace and Cooperation.

    Sixty years since the conference, all countries have been freed and gained their independence except for Palestine.

    Israeli Zionists has illegally occupied Palestine for the past 68 years with the support of its main ally the United States and some other western countries such as Britain, Canada, France, Australia, and Germany.

    Palestinians, particularly women and children, have suffered terribly due to Israeli attacks, abuses and illegal detentions.

    Approximately 300 Palestinian children are being held captive in Israeli jails, according to the Palestinian Permanent Observer Mission to the UN as quoted on State of Palestine Mission to the United Nations — State of Palestine Mission to the United Nations

    A total of at least 1,266 Palestinian children were detained by the occupying forces in the West Bank, including in Occupied East Jerusalem, during 2014, with the majority between the ages of 12 and 15.

    According to UNICEF, in the past decade, Israel has detained "an average of two children per day". Moreover, it has been documented that around 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israel since the year 2000, with the number of child detainees increasing by 87 percent over the past three years in specific.

    Some 1,517 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli occupation since 2000.

    During the AAC 2015s Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) held on April 19, 2015, officials of 86 Asian and African countries agreed on a draft declaration reiterating support for Palestines independence.

    The draft declaration on Palestine will be submitted to heads of government/state at the Asian and African Leaders Summit for final approval, spokesman of the Indonesian foreign affairs ministry Arrmanatha C Nasir said.

    "Everyone agrees on (independence of) Palestine, no one has objection. In fact, the support has been there since long time ago," he said.

    Another important result of the meeting is a commitment of the Asian and African states to provide capacity building assistance for Palestine in preparing its freedom.

    A political observer has lauded Indonesias plan to demonstrate its moral support for Palestine in the major international event.

    "Moral support for Palestine is very important. Its crucial to highlight that Palestine is still being occupied and needs international support to address the problem," Siti Mutiah Setiawati of the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) said.

    Since the administration of the first president, Soekarno, Indonesia has been supporting Palestine in her struggle for independence, Setiawati, deputy chairperson of the Middle East Study of the UGMs Post Graduate Department, noted.

    This time, Indonesia will remind the world that Palestine is still being occupied by Israel. Indonesia insists that the occupation of Palestine by the Zionist regime must end.

    The future generation must not be confused by a wrong perception depicting Palestine as a trouble maker for establishing a freedom fighter organization called Hamas, she noted.

    In the meantime, Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Fariz N. Mehdawi has expressed his appreciation to Indonesia for highlighting the Palestinian occupation at the Asian and African Leaders Summit.

    "We hope that the commemoration of the Asia-Africa Conference can affirm and confirm an independent Palestine. Palestine is the only nation at the Asia-Africa Conference that has yet to gain complete independence," Fariz N. Mehdawi told Antara on April 15.

    He believed that Palestine should be recognized by all countries in the world.

    "The leaders of Asian and African countries have stated that the spirit of Bandung is still alive. We are committed to fighting for freedom and justice to all nations," he affirmed.

    The ambassador thanked the Indonesian government for accomplishing its commitment to training one thousand Palestinians in five years. "Now we are going to commit to another five years of training," he remarked.

    Mehdawi affirmed that the Palestinian government requires more political support to rebuild infrastructure and institutions in Gaza.

    "We are looking forward to enhancing tourism, trade, economy, and so on. Therefore, we need a full membership of the United Nations, and for this, we are banking on the support of Asian-African members," he said.

    Palestine is to be represented by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the AAC Summit to be held in Jakarta, April 22-23, 2015.

    According to Mehdawi, Hamdalah will lead the Palestinian delegation comprising Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki and several advisers and officials.

    "Palestines attendance at the Asia-Africa Conference is very crucial. Syeikh Muhammad Amin Al-Husaini from Palestine had attended the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in April 1955. Palestine had supported Indonesias independence several decades ago," he affirmed. (*)
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    Indonesia to Open Consulate in Palestine


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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Indonesia would open a consulate office in Palestine as part of its support for the country’s independence.

    According to Jokowi, Indonesia has expressed the intention to establish the consulate to Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the AAC summit.

    “We have made a request to open an Indonesian consulate in Ramallah. [The Palestinian] PM said that he supported the idea. The consulate opening will be the first of other steps,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).

    Besides the planned consulate, both countries have also agreed to boost economic ties. Jokowi said Palestine had asked the Indonesian government to provide tax relief for Palestinian products.

    “But we’re still discussing it. We will provide tax incentives whenever possible,” Jokowi said.

    During the meeting, Jokowi was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto, and Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel.

    Mr. Hamdallah addressed Jokowi as a Palestinian friend.

    “President Jokowi is a fried of Palestinian people. We are honored to have support from President Jokowi, who has pledged his commitment to Palestine’s independence since his presidential campaign,” Mr. Hamdallah said

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    So impressed with Prime Minister Abe , seriously ! He reinforced relations with Iran with a meeting with Rouhani, then met with Xi Jinping to further establish warm relations with China, and reinforced partnership with Indonesia and met with Jokowi Widodo. :)


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