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UPDATED: 09:08, November 04, 2004
China willing to further cooperation with Ethiopia: Hu Jintao
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Photo:Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Nov. 3, 2004.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Nov. 3, 2004.
China's President Hu Jintao said Wednesday the country is ready to expand cooperation with Ethiopia and other African countries and make such cooperation more fruitful so as to bring benefits to the people of both sides.

Hu made the remarks during his meeting with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said China places importance on developing its relationship with Ethiopia and is willing to strengthen exchanges, enhance friendship and expand cooperation with Ethiopia and other African countries through the effective mechanism of the China-Africa Forum.

Noting that the two countries have maintained sound relations since they established diplomatic relations, Hu said China and Ethiopia have achieved positive results in exchanges and cooperation in such areas as politics, trade, economy, culture, education and public health, as well as in international and regional affairs.

In recent years, Hu said the two countries have stepped up their efforts to explore new ways to deepen bilateral relations and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, adding that bilateral relations have entered a new era.

Hu highly praised the government of Ethiopia for its adherence to the one-China policy and its firm support to China on Taiwan and human rights issues.

Meles described the Ethiopia-China relations as close, friendly and substantial, adding that marked progress has been made in various areas.

He thanked China for the high quality assistance it offered to Ethiopia, saying that Ethiopia highly values China's experience in social and economic development and poverty elimination.

Meles expressed the hope that the two countries will further increase exchanges and expand cooperation.

He said China has earnestly carried out its commitment in Africa-China cooperation under the framework of the China-Africa Forum. He said Ethiopia and other African countries spoke highly of China's efforts in this regard.

Ethiopia is ready to join efforts with China to push forward the friendly, cooperative relations between Africa and China, he said.

Meles arrived here Tuesday for a six-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. He held talks with Premier Wen Tuesday afternoon. During his visit, the two countries have signed agreements on economic, technological and educational cooperation.

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