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Top Chinese political advisor meets PM of Cape Verde

(Xinhua)

09:59, July 21, 2012

BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Top political advisor Jia Qinglin on Friday met with Prime Minister of Cape Verde Jose Maria Pereira Neves, who is in Beijing to attend the fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), hailed the smooth development of bilateral ties since the two countries forged diplomatic relations 36 years ago.

Politically, the two sides have maintained mutual respect and accommodated each other's concern on major issues, and economically, the two sides have conducted effective cooperation in infrastructure, telecommunication and fishery resources, said Jia.

The FOCAC and the Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries have provided new platforms for the two countries to enhance pragmatic cooperation, he said.

China is willing to make joint efforts with Cape Verde to increase political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and explore new areas and methods for cooperation, said the political advisor.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is ready to beef up communication and cooperation with the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde(PAICV) so as to further promote relations between the two parties and nations, Jia noted.

He said the CPPCC will enhance exchanges and cooperation with Cape Verde in order to make new contributions to the social development of both countries.

Neves applauded China's achievements in modernization and wished the country success during the CPC's upcoming 18th National Congress.

Neves said he appreciates China's support for his country's independence, as well as its economic and social development.

He called on the two sides to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure, health, education, tourism, aviation, shipping, information technology and energy so as to further enhance bilateral ties.

Cape Verde expects China to play a bigger role in Africa and will continue to act as an important gateway connecting China and West African countries, said Neves, adding that Cape Verde firmly adheres to the one-China policy.

Neves, also chairman of the PAICV, said the PAICV is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the CPC so as to promote relations between the two parties.

The FOCAC is a collective consultation and dialogue mechanism between China and African countries launched in 2000. This year's forum runs from Thursday to Friday.

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