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China vows closer relations with Seychelles


14:52, October 20, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with President of Seychelles James Alix Michel in Beijing on Thursday, vowing to boost stronger bilateral relations.

Xi hailed the healthy growth of China-Seychelles ties since the forging of diplomatic ties 35 years ago, citing enhanced political trust, mutual support on major issues concerning each other's core interests, and fruitful cooperation in areas such as culture, education, public health and tourism.

He appreciated Seychelles' firm support for China in combating Somali pirates and rescuing hijacked Chinese crew.

"The development of China-Seychelles friendly ties not only meets the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples, but also sets an example for equality, solidarity and cooperation between large and small countries," he said.

Xi also spoke positively of China-Seychelles cooperation within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

"We are willing to keep close coordination with African countries, including Seychelles, to implement all FOCAC follow-up actions, and boost the further growth of the China-Africa new strategic partnership," he added.

In response, Michel said his country was grateful for China's support and help in Seychelles' economic and social development, which had facilitated the country's development and its efforts to counter the global financial crisis.

Seychelles admires China's great achievements in development, he said, vowing to boost stronger relations with China and contribute to closer China-Africa links.

Seychelles will stick to the one-China policy, he added.

Michel arrived in Beijing earlier Thursday for one-day visit.


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Nic at 2011-12-16124.13.14.*
The West never keeps its words. Time changes and the world moves on. What China believes before may not hold water now. If China wants to establish a base in Seychelles, just go ahead. Why should China pleases anybody else? After all, the other 4 permanent members of UN have their overseas bases so shouldn"t China has some?March with time. It"s time to re-think and re-shape old policies.

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