Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Friday (local time) for his first state visit to the west African country. The following are some facts and figures about his visit.
-- Senegal was the third leg of President Hu's first overseas trip in 2009, which will later take him to Tanzania and Mauritius. Earlier, Hu had visited Saudi Arabia and Mali.
-- China and Senegal established diplomatic ties in December 1971. However, bilateral ties were severed in January 1996. The two sides resumed diplomatic ties in October 2005.
-- Two-way trade in the first 10 months of 2008 reached 354.65 million U.S. dollars, 34.6 percent up from the same period in 2007.
-- In June 2006, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade visited China. Five months later, he attended the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
-- Senegal has a territory of 196,700 square kilometers and a population of 11.9 million.