Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju said Friday in Conakry that China is ready to expand cooperation and exchanges with Guinea, its long-time friend in west Africa with 46 years of diplomatic ties, in both political and economic fields.
"As developing countries, China and Guinea have solid political foundations to improve bilateral relations and great potentials to expand economic cooperation," Huang said in a meeting with Guinean Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.
The meeting was followed by the inking of six bilateral agreements on economic and technical cooperation, mutual promotion and protection of investments by the governments of both countries.
Guinea is the first sub-Saharan African country that forged diplomatic relations with China, and it became one of the first destinations of Chinese top leader's maiden tour to Africa 41 years ago by premier Zhou Enlai.
In addition to promoting exchanges of governments, political parties and parliaments, the two countries should further promote inter-government coordination to push forward mutual investments, Huang said.
"China will actively encourage her best companies to invest in Guinea to conduct economic cooperation of various fields and in various forms," Huang said.
Huang also proposed cooperation in human resources development so as to inject new vigor to the development of further relations between the two countries.
Diallo said that the friendly cooperation between Guinea and China has brought "concrete benefits" to the two peoples, and Huang's proposals on economic cooperation are also in the interest of both countries.
"China's sincere desire to help developing countries, including African countries, has once again been vindicated by President Hu Jintao's five measures to help the African continent, including exemption of debts," the Guinean prime minister said.
On the issue of Taiwan, Diallo said both he and President Lansana Conte have been consistent that Guinea's "one China" policy will never change.
Huang arrived here Thursday night after attending the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. He was greeted by Prime Minister Diallo and his cabinet at airport.
The four-nation tour will also bring Huang to Botswana and Madagascar.