Seychellois president meets visiting Chinese vice premier on bilateral co-op

09:06, March 25, 2011      

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Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan called on the Seychellois President James Michel at State House in Victoria on Thursday before winding up an official visit in Africa.

Wang highly commended the growing bilateral ties with abundant fruits in trade, investment, tourism, culture and health care sectors, since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1976.

He said that President Michel's presence at 2006 Beijing Summit of Sina-Africa Forum, 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 Shanghai Expo, is a sound proof of the cordial and continuously improving bilateral relationship.

Wang further noted that China highly values the bilateral ties and appreciates Seychellois government's support on one-China policy and China's efforts to fight piracy in the gulf of Eden and its rescue operation of hijacked vessels by Somali pirates.

"China's development is not only benefitting its 1.3 billion citizens, but also providing the world with more opportunities," Wang told his host, adding that Chinese government is committed to cementing the gained results and implementing the following projects in the framework of China-Africa Cooperation Forum.

The visiting Chinese vice premier also congratulated on President Michel and Seychellois people for weathering through the global financial crunch which had a ripple effect on many countries in Africa.

President Michel described the Seychelles-China relationship as one based on mutual respect and trust, and one based on sincere friendship, noting that the bilateral ties is on top agenda of the country's foreign policy.

Michel recalled Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit in 2007, which he said further cemented the foundation for the relationship of the two countries.

He noted that his government is willing to strengthening the ties with China in areas of trade, investment, energy, aviation, tourism among others, as the strategically located Indian Ocean island country is striving to build itself as an outpost for booming Asia-Africa trade and other businesses.

Source: Xinhua
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