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UPDATED: 20:53, July 14, 2004
China, Ethiopia stress parliamentarian ties
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The National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, and the Council of People's Representatives (CPR) of Ethiopia vowed to promote parliamentarian relations in Beijing Wednesday.

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, met with a CPR delegation headed by CPR Speaker Ato Dawit Yohanes, and they expressed the hope to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two legislative bodies so as to promote the development of relations between the two countries and their peoples.

Wu said China and Ethiopia boast traditional friendship and they have always supported each other, shared common views on many major international and regional issues, and maintained sound consultations and cooperation in international affairs.

The Chinese side appreciates Ethiopia's support for China on such issues as Taiwan and human rights, and it will, as always, make joint efforts with Ethiopia to promote development of bilateral friendship and cooperation, noted Wu.

He said the development of friendship and cooperation between China and African countries including Ethiopia has always been an important part of China's independent foreign policy of peace.

The Chinese side will work with African countries to build a new Sino-African lasting and steady partnership of overall cooperation on an equal and reciprocal footing, said Wu.

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