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Quotable quotes from Chinese leaders' foreign tours
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13:37, February 17, 2009

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The following are notable quotes made during Chinese President Hu Jintao's five-nation "journey of friendship and cooperation" and Vice President Xi Jinping's ongoing six-nation trip:

DAR ES SALAAM -- "We will always view African people as our all-weather friends whom we can fully trust and count on. We will forever remain good brothers and good partners of the African people." -- Hu

"We know fully well the difficulties we face at home; we are also keenly aware of the difficulties faced by our African friends." -- Hu

"It is heartening to see that the implementation of these measures is well under way."

"China will continue to be actively involved in UN peacekeeping operations in Africa and play a constructive role in women, non-governmental groups, media organizations, and academic institutions of the two sides, and enhance human resources operation." -- Hu

"China has successfully realized the historic transformation from a highly centralized planned economy to a vibrant socialist market economy, and from a closed or semi-closed society to one that fully embraces the world." -- Hu

"China's primary task now is to maintain steady and relatively fast economic growth."

"Nothing can separate people with common goals and ideals, not even mountains and seas." -- Hu

"The Chinese government and people will always cherish their memory and will never forget their contribution to the friendship with Tanzania." -- Hu

"The selfless devotion of Chinese experts in Tanzania erected a monument of China-Tanzania friendship. Hereby I salute them with my highest respect." -- Hu

"Jin Chengwei (who died in 1973 at 22 while working on the construction of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway), I've come to see you on behalf of your family." -- Hu

"It is an honor for me to pay tribute to the heroes who sacrificed their precious lives for the sake of the people of Tanzania and Zambia. May their sacrifice be rewarded by the progress of the people of Zambia and Tanzania." -- Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete

"They died for a noble cause, they died helping our people. They are heroes. We were cut off, we needed communications, not just transporting people but also raw materials. This is not a simple burial site. It cements the relationship between China and Tanzania." -- Adam O. Kimbisa, mayor of Dar es Salaam

BOGOTA -- "Colombia has been listed as the sixth tourism destination for Chinese citizens in South America." -- Xi

"China and Colombia show respective advantages in fields of resources, capital, technology and market and are strongly complementary one to the other." -- Xi

"The two sides, with a mutual understanding over each other's concerns, have timely exchanges of opinions on important matters of common interest." -- Xi

"China and Colombia should continue optimizing the commercial structure to maintain development of bilateral exchange at a stable rhythm." -- Xi

"China's fast development and growth will be a key element for the quick recovery of the world economy." -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Source: Xinhua

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