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Full text of top Chinese political advisor's speech at AU summit

(Xinhua)

09:03, January 30, 2012

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), delivered a speech at the 18th summit of the African Union on Sunday.

The following is the full text of his speech:

Towards a Better Future with Stronger China-Africa Solidarity and Cooperation

Address by H.E. Jia Qinglin

Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

At the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

Addis Ababa, 29 January 2012

Your Excellency Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union,

Your Excellency Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia,

Your Excellency Jean Ping, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union,

Your Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government of African Countries,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

It gives me great pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in the beautiful city of Addis Ababa. I feel honored to speak on the podium of the AU summit, especially in this AU Conference and Office Complex, the latest symbol of China-Africa friendship. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I wish to take this opportunity to convey the cordial greetings and best wishes of the 1.3 billion Chinese people to you, leaders of African countries, and through you, to our African brothers and sisters. I want to express heartfelt thanks to the AU, the government of Ethiopia, and especially President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Chairperson Jean Ping for the thoughtful arrangements and warm hospitality accorded me and my delegation.


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