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China's top political advisor starts visit to Ethiopia

(Xinhua)

09:47, January 28, 2012

Jia Qinglin (L, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is welcomed by Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R, front) upon his arrival at the airport in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 27, 2012. Jia Qinglin arrived here on Friday to pay an official goodwill visit to Ethiopia and attend the opening ceremony of the annual African Union (AU) summit. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin arrived here on Friday to pay an official goodwill visit to Ethiopia and attend the opening ceremony of the annual African Union (AU) summit.

"Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 42 years ago, particularly since the establishment of the all-round cooperative partnership in 2003, China and Ethiopia have had fruitful exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, trade, cultural and other fields and enjoyed ever closer cooperation in international and regional affairs," Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said at the airport in a written statement.

"The African Union is the largest and most representative inter- governmental organization in Africa. Since its inception ten years ago, the African Union has become a banner leading African countries in their efforts to strengthen themselves through unity and has made great contribution to promoting peace and development in Africa," he said.

"In recent years, the strategic partnership between China and the African Union has developed in an all-round way, as evidenced by frequent high-level contacts, deepening exchanges and cooperation in all fields and mutual understanding and support to each other on issues concerning our respective major and core interests," he said.

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