China's president reaffirms support for peace process between north, south Sudan (2)

17:05, June 29, 2011      

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Al-Bashir said the Sudanese side was committed to resolving the Darfur issue through negotiations. He appreciated the constructive role China had played in pushing for a peaceful resolution on the issue.

During the talks, Hu said China was a long-term friend of Sudan. "I believe your current trip will consolidate and develop the traditional Chinese-Sudanese friendship and promote substantial cooperation in various fields."

"The Chinese side will firmly pursue a friendly policy toward Sudan," the Chinese president said. "No matter of the changes in the international situation and internal situation of Sudan, this policy will remain unchanged."

Hu put forward a four-point proposal for further expanding friendly cooperation between China and Sudan, including deepening political links, increasing trade and economic cooperation, stepping up people-to-people exchanges and cooperating on regional and international issues.

The Chinese side holds a positive attitude toward strengthening bilateral cooperation on agriculture and mining, Hu said, adding that China would continue to provide technical support to Sudan and carry out such projects as agricultural centers in Sudan.

Hu said China would continue to encourage Chinese companies to participate in the exploration and development of mining resources in Sudan.

He said the two sides would continue to cooperate within the frameworks of China-Africa Forum and China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.

Al-Bashir said the Sudanese side was ready to enhance mutual trust and expand pragmatic cooperation with China so as to lift bilateral links to new levels.

He expressed the wish to strengthen cooperation with China in the areas of energy, agriculture, mining, culture, sports and poverty relief.

He said the Sudanese side welcomed and supported Chinese companies to invest and set up businesses in the country.

While maintaining traditional ties with the north of Sudan, China has worked to develop friendly exchanges and expand mutually beneficial cooperation with the south.

"China is ready to promote friendly exchanges with southern Sudan on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence," said Vice President Xi Jinping in a meeting in April with David Deng Athorbei, who was in Beijing at the time as the envoy of the president of the southern Sudan government.

China would continue to provide aid for the construction and development of southern Sudan, Xi noted.

Southern Sudan set to become independent on July 9 this year. An overwhelming majority of people in southern Sudan opted for the separation of the region in a referendum held in January 2011.
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