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13:27, February 16, 2009

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Chinese President Hu Jintao continued his state visit in Tanzania on Sunday (local time) in his second trip to Africa since the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in November 2006.

The following are the eight measures announced by President Hu at the Beijing summit designed to forge a new type of strategic partnership and strengthen cooperation between China and Africa, which Hu said Sunday that China will "fully and punctually" implement.

-- Double its 2006 assistance to Africa by 2009.

-- Provide 3 billion U.S. dollars of preferential loans and 2 billion U.S. dollars of preferential buyer's credits to Africa in the next three years.

-- Set up a China-Africa development fund which will reach 5 billion U.S. dollars to encourage Chinese companies to invest in Africa and provide support to them.

-- Build a conference center for the African Union to support African countries in their efforts to strengthen themselves through unity and support the process of African integration.

-- Cancel debt in the form of all the interest-free government loans that matured at the end of 2005 owed by the heavily indebted poor countries and the least developed countries in Africa that have diplomatic relations with China.

-- Further open up China's market to Africa by increasing from 190 to over 440 the number of export items to China receiving zero-tariff treatment from the least developed countries in Africa having diplomatic ties with China.

-- Establish three to five trade and economic cooperation zones in Africa in the next three years.

-- Over the next three years, train 15,000 African professionals; send 100 senior agricultural experts to Africa; setup 10 special agricultural technology demonstration centers in Africa; build 30 hospitals in Africa and provide 300 million yuan (about 43.9 million dollars) of grant for providing artemisinin and building 30 malaria prevention and treatment centers to fight malaria in Africa; dispatch 300 youth volunteers to Africa; build 100 rural schools in Africa; and increase the number of Chinese government scholarships to African students from the current 2000 per year to 4000 per year by 2009.

Source: Xinhua

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