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China firmly committed to expanding cooperation with Africa: top political advisor


10:37, January 28, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- China will steadfastly strengthen its cooperation with African countries, top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin said ahead of his visit to Ethiopia.

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks in a written interview with the Ethiopian News Agency.

Over recent years, Africa has played an increasingly important role in international and regional affairs, said Jia, who left Beijing Friday morning to attend the opening ceremony of the 18th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, and pay an official goodwill visit to Ethiopia.

He stressed that his attendance to the AU summit and his visit to Ethiopia this time is "to show to Africa and the international community at large that China firmly commits itself to enhancing solidarity and cooperation with African countries, firmly supports African efforts for strength through unity and the integration process, and that China firmly supports a greater African role in international and regional affairs."

And in conducting cooperation with Africa, China will "adhere to the principles of mutual benefit and common development, making sure that our assistance will be results-oriented and that we will not interfere in the internal affairs of the recipient countries," said Jia.

As for the ever-expanding Chinese investment in Africa, Jia said that investment cooperation is an important part of China-Africa economic cooperation.

The Chinese government has encouraged competitive and reputable Chinese companies to invest in Africa and has taken many measures to guide such efforts, such as providing concessional loans, establishing the China-Africa Development Fund and setting up economic and trade cooperation zones in African countries, he said.

"China's investment in Africa has grown rapidly in recent years. The stock of Chinese investment in Africa surged from 490 million U.S. dollars at the end of 2003 to 14.7 billion dollars in 2011, which covers mining, finance, manufacturing, construction, tourism, agriculture, forestry, animal farming, fishery and many other fields," Jia added.

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