China, Angola establish strategic partnership

10:19, November 21, 2010      

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China and Angola announced Saturday that they have decided to establish a strategic partnership to continue shoring up bilateral cooperation.

The leap forward in China-Angola ties came after visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and held talks with Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

Both sides agreed, they said in a joint communique, that China and Angola are strategic cooperation partners, and that boosting their comprehensive collaboration serves the fundamental and long-term interests of both nations.

In line with this understanding, and in order to grasp the opportunities and meet the challenges in the new international landscape, Beijing and Luanda decided to establish a strategic partnership, the document added.

The two sides also expressed satisfaction with the steady improvement of their mutual political trust, the continued expansion of their cooperation in trade, culture and many other fields, and the increasingly close coordination on regional and global affairs.

Looking ahead, the two sides agreed to continue high-level dialogues, further exchanges between governments, legislatures and parties of the two countries and better communications on bilateral ties and other major issues of mutual concern.

Meanwhile, Beijing and Luanda are committed to hammering out a proper mechanism to guide bilateral cooperation at the earliest possible date, and harmonizing their cooperative system with future developments of bilateral relations, according to the joint communique.

The two sides also agreed that both countries will constantly improve their cooperation mechanism and enhance the level and quality of their economic and trade cooperation, based on the principles of mutual benefit and common development.

The two sides, the document said, will continue to encourage and support their enterprises and financial institutions to expand bilateral trade and investment, giving priority to strengthening cooperation of mutual benefit in such areas as agriculture, industry, infrastructure, urbanization, energy and mineral resources exploration.

Also, the two sides will deepen their cooperation in multilateral mechanisms, like the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and the Forum on Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese Speaking Countries, it added.

Additionally, the two sides agreed to further strengthen their exchanges and cooperation in the humanistic area, including education, health, science and technology, sports and journalism as well as human resources training.

The two sides reaffirmed that both countries share consensus in areas like safeguarding the common rights of developing countries,and making the international economic order more reasonable and fair.

The two sides also will continue to strengthen their consultation and cooperation in such international organizations as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and maintain coordination on the major international and regional issues, the joint communique said.

During Xi's visit, the two sides signed various documents to strengthen and expand cooperation between the two countries.

The joint communique also said that Xi's Angolan counterpart has accepted an invitation of the Chinese vice president to visit China.

Source: Xinhua


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