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Chinese, Mozambican presidents meet to discuss strengthening bilateral ties


14:12, August 11, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) holds a welcome ceremony for Mozambican President Armando Emilio Guebuza (2nd L) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said Wednesday that Mozambican President Armando Emilio Guebuza's current state visit will enhance mutual understanding between the two nations and create a bright future for the development of bilateral ties.

Hu made the remarks after holding a meeting with Guebuza at Beijing's Great Hall of the People Wednesday morning. Guebuza arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his first state visit to China.

During his talks with Guebuza, President Hu said China is deeply concerned about the recent large-scale famine caused by severe droughts in the Horn of Africa region, saying China will provide the devastated countries with emergency aid.

According to the Foreign Ministry, China has decided to offer 90 million yuan (14 million U.S. dollars) in the form of emergency grain aid to the famine-afflicted countries.

Hu said that as a friend of Africa, China places importance on the continent's concerns and interests. He said China supports economic and social development in Africa, as well as its efforts to safeguard its own legitimate rights in the international arena. China supports the efforts by African countries to peacefully resolve domestic issues through dialogue and consultation.

"China is ready to work with African countries to improve the operation of the China-Africa Forum and deepen the strategic partnership between China and Africa," Hu said.

Guebuza said China and Africa share a deep-rooted and time-honored friendship. Over the years, China has provided a great deal of assistance for the economic and social development of Africa and played an active role in safeguarding Africa's rights and interests in the international arena. Mozambique highly appreciates what China has done for Africa and is ready to work with China to strengthen the strategic partnership between Africa and China.

During their talks, Hu put forward a four-point proposal for deepening bilateral relations.

Firstly, Hu said, the two countries should carry out close exchanges in order to enhance political trust. The governments and relevant departments of the two countries should jointly implement agreements regarding cooperation between the two sides. The legislatures and ruling political parties of the two countries should strengthen communication in various forms and through various channels in order to exchange their experience in governing their respective countries, Hu said.

Second, the two sides should advance pragmatic cooperation by expanding areas of cooperation, the Chinese president said. China is ready to work with Mozambique to carry out existing cooperative projects in order to ensure that the projects will be completed with a high standard of safety, quality and efficiency. The two countries should advance new cooperative projects at a steady pace and in a gradual manner.

Hu said China is ready to help with Mozambique's national development by encouraging Chinese companies to invest in the country. China is ready to expand cooperation with Mozambique in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing in order to make greater contributions to the development of the East African country.

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