China-Africa new strategic partnership to be expanded, strengthened: Chinese diplomat

08:26, May 06, 2010      

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"China-Africa new strategic partnership has currently reached a new level, however there is still a necessity for the partnership to be expanded and strengthened as the situation is developing," Liu Guijin, special envoy of the Chinese government on African affairs, told Xinhua in Dar Es Salaam on Wednesday ahead of the plenary session of the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa.

Liu said that the "eight new measures" announced by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in the Egypt in November pointed out the favorable direction in the next three years to enhance China-Africa cooperation.

"First, expand the current China-Africa economic and trade cooperation, which has achieved great progress in recent years. The bilateral trade volume surpassed 106.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2008. However, it decreased a little by 14 percent to more than 90 billion dollars in 2009 due to the negative effect of the international financial crisis, " Liu said.

The Chinese diplomat also noted that the key sector to expand and strengthen China-Africa new strategic partnership lies on investment as the African continent lacks of funds for infrastructure, adding that Chinese companies made a lot of investment on Africa''s infrastructure and the Chinese government is committed to continually supporting infrastructure construction in Africa for its development.

Liu also called for further enhancing political mutual trust between China and Africa, hailing the China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program included in the "eight new measures" to enhance China-Africa cooperation, which enables the African and Chinese scholars and nongovernmental organizations among others to make more research on China-Africa relations to promote the mutual understanding of governments and peoples of both sides.

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