Chinese ministers' visits to Africa aimed at producing win-win results

10:10, January 16, 2010      

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The visits to Africa by three Chinese ministers at the start of 2010 have underscored the importance that China has attached to the traditional China-Africa friendship, which is aimed at creating a win-win situation.

Whether by coincidence or not, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Algeria and Morocco from Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, and Commerce Minister Chen Deming traveled to Ethiopia and Mozambique from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14.

Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, will conduct his six-nation Africa tour from Jan. 15 to Jan. 26.

The visits are aimed at boosting the traditional China-Africa ties in political, economic and other fields.

Since China established diplomatic ties with Egypt, the first African country to do so, in May 1956, China and African nations have firmly supported each other on the international arena, and made fruitful cooperation in economic, trade, cultural and other fields.

The Sino-African ties reached a new high when the Beijing Summit and the Third Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation were held in Beijing in November 2006.

The relations were further advanced after Egypt hosted the forum's fourth ministerial conference in its coastal city of Sharmel-Sheik in November 2008, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao unveiled eight new measures to strengthen the China-Africa cooperation in various fields.

Undoubtedly, the China-Africa cooperation is mutually beneficial, which has helped the bilateral ties move forward continuously despite various international changes over past decades.

Through cooperation, China has exported more products to Africa, imported energy resources and raw materials from Africa, established factories and found business opportunities in the African continent. Meanwhile, African countries have obtained investment, advanced technology, jobs and other benefits from China.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang on Jan. 6, said the Kenyan and Chinese people have enjoyed profound friendship, and the two countries have maintained very good relations and deepened practical cooperation in various fields.

He said Chinese companies are actively engaged in Kenya's infrastructure construction such as road building, which is beneficial for both Kenya people and Chinese companies.

The China-Kenya cooperation is just an example in the relations between China and other African countries.

The traditional and friendly China-Africa ties unquestionably will continue to advance forward because they are based on mutual respect, understanding, trust and a win-win prospect.

Source: Xinhua
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