China, Namibia discuss how to further develop traditional ties

09:37, March 27, 2010      

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Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin on Friday met with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and former president Sam Nujoma respectively on advancing the traditional friendship between the two countries.


Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Windhoek, Namibia, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

The meetings, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of China-Namibia diplomatic relationship, are part of Jia's four-day official visit to the southwestern African nation.

In the meeting with Namibian President Pohamba, Jia, the chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, congratulated Namibia on the 20th anniversary of obtaining its full independence.


Jia Qinglin (L), Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with Namibia's President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Windhoek, Namibia, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Namibia is one of the youngest states in Africa, which became fully independent in 1990.

Jia reviewed the profound friendship between the two countries, which established diplomatic ties one day after Namibia's announcement of its full independence.

Jia said the two countries have reaped good harvests in cooperation in the fields of politics, trade, culture, education, public health and culture over the past two years.

Jia highlighted the mutual understanding and support on issues concerning each other's core interests. To bring bilateral relationship to a new high, Jia put forward a four-point proposal concerning politics, economy, people-to-people exchange and international issues. Pohamba spoke highly of China's long-standing support to Namibia's national liberation and construction. The Namibian president agreed with Jia's proposal on building bilateral ties and reiterated his commitment to stronger relationship with China.


Jia Qinglin (L), Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with Namibia's President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Windhoek, Namibia, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

In the meeting with Nujoma, who served as Namibian president from 1990 to 2005, Jia conveyed the regards of Chinese President Hu Jintao and former President Jiang Zemin to Nujoma. Jia and Nujoma also reviewed bilateral friendship and discussed how to carry forward the ties. Namibia is the second leg of Jia's 10-day African tour which has already taken him to Cameroon. He will also visit South Africa next week.

Source: Xinhua
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