Hu meets foreign leaders ahead of Shanghai Expo

21:08, April 29, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his counterparts from the Republic of Congo and Gabon on separate occasions Thursday on the eve of the Shanghai World Expo.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Shanghai, east China, April 29, 2010. Ali Bongo Ondimba came here to attend the 2010 World Expo that is scheduled to open on May 1.(Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Hu welcomed the two presidents, Denis Sassou Nguesso and Ali Bongo Ondimba, to Friday's opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo, an event that is to last for six months until the end of October.

"The Expo is yet another important international gathering following the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games," Hu said. "It's also the first time for any developing country to host the grand event."

With the strong support from other developing nations, Hu said China was sure to host a successful, spectacular and memorable exposition.

Sassou Nguesso and Ali Bongo congratulated China on the event and wished it a success, saying the developing countries would all share China's pride.

CEMENTING TIES WITH "OLD FRIEND"

During his meeting with Sassou Nguesso, Hu said China and the Republic of Congo had made concerted efforts to promote the continuous development of bilateral ties since diplomatic relations were forged 46 years ago.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso in Shanghai, east China, April 29, 2010. Denis Sassou-Nguesso is in Shanghai for the World Expo that is scheduled to open on May 1. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)

Hu called the Republic of Congo China's "old and close friend", saying China underscores bilateral ties and is willing to further cooperation.

He said the two countries should:

-- cement high-level exchanges and continue to support each other on issues concerning their core and vital interests;

-- deepen trade and economic cooperation, by ensuring that all ongoing cooperation projects should be fulfilled smoothly and exploring ways to expand cooperation and fully implement the series of new measures adopted at the China-Africa Forum;

-- enhance people-to-people cooperation by encouraging women and youth groups, media sectors and non-government organizations to increase contacts and deepen friendship. To this end, Hu said China will continue personnel training for the Republic of Congo;

-- cement coordination and collaboration in international affairs and enhance cooperation in the framework of the United Nations and other international organizations; actively cope with the challenges brought by global issues including the international financial crisis, climate changes and grain security, and safeguard the common interests of the developing nations.

Sassou Nguesso said his country is willing to work with China to cement cooperation in infrastructure and other sectors, and bring their cooperative relations to a new high.

He thanked China for the selfless support to the Republic of Congo and its people, saying the African states and peoples highly appreciate cooperation with China.

IMPORTANT PARTNER FOR COOPERATION

In his meeting with Ali Bongo, Hu described Gabon as "China's major partner for cooperation in Africa".

He said bilateral relations have been going on in a sound and stable manner 36 years after China and Gabon forged diplomatic ties. "We're willing to work with Gabon to keep expanding bilateral cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and common development."

Hu suggests the two nations should:

-- increase contacts and exchanges between people of all levels and from diverse fields, enhance mutual political trust and continue to understand and support each other on major issues concerning their vital interests;

-- deepen cooperation in environmental protection, science and technology, telecommunication and infrastructure construction;

-- carry out personnel exchanges. Hu said China is willing to train more management and technical professionals for Gabon;

-- cement collaboration in the UN Security Council and other multilateral bodies and enhance consultation on major international and regional issues to maintain the common interests of the developing nations.

Ali Bongo said Gabon is happy with its relations with China and is willing to further promote the partnership, deepen and expand concrete cooperation in diverse sectors and make such reciprocal cooperation exemplary in South-South cooperation.

Dozens of foreign leaders and distinguished guests will attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo on Friday.

The 184-day event will be the largest world exhibition ever and is expected to draw 70 million visitors from China and abroad. It is attended by 192 countries and 50 international organizations.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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