Backgrounder: Relations between China, Cameroon

13:34, March 23, 2010      

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Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, arrives in Yaounde on Tuesday at the start of a three-day official visit to the Republic of Cameroon.

Since China and Cameroon established diplomatic ties on March 26, 1971, bilateral friendly cooperation has grown steadily in various areas. Mutual political trust has been enhanced through frequent exchanges of high-level visits.

In November 2006, Cameroonian President Paul Biya attended the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), at which Chinese and African leaders agreed to establish and develop a new type of strategic partnerships.

In January 2007, Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a state visit to Cameroon, during which the leaders of the two countries reached consensus on a number of major issues of mutual concern and signed eight bilateral cooperation documents on economic and technological cooperation, health, education, telecom and other areas.

China and Cameroon has also strengthened academic and military exchanges between the two countries.

Two-way trade has maintained an upward trend thanks to good cooperation between the two sides.

In 2008, bilateral trade stood at 854.3 million U.S. dollars, surging 87.1 percent compared with the previous year. In 2009, due to the impact of the global financial crisis, bilateral trade dropped to 813.5 million dollars, a 5.2 percent fall.

Source: Xinhua
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