Trade value between Indonesia and China fell 20% year-on-year to USD$11.7 billion in the first two quarters of 2009. Chinese ambassador to Indonesia Zhang Qiyue attributed the slowdown to the global economic crisis, and said that it was the first since 2001.
However, despite the fall, Indonesia-China bilateral investment and trade ties still remain strong, with Chinese investors from the Henan region poised to pour in USD$200 million in six separate agreements involving the steel and tire industry (amongst others.)
Some 700 Chinese investors are already invested in Indonesian energy, finance, transportation, automotive, farming and fisheries.
Indonesia is now regarded as China's fourth largest trade partner among the ten countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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