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China's new president arrives in Dar es Salaam for state visit


08:27, March 25, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Sunday for a state visit, which aims to enhance cooperation between China and the East African country.

Xi is scheduled to have talks with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on bilateral cooperation later in the day, and the two sides will sign bilateral cooperation agreements on economy, trade and culture.

Over the past 49 years since China and Tanzania established diplomatic ties, the two countries have had close high-level contacts, enhanced political mutual trust and expanded practical cooperation in a wide range of areas.

China has become Tanzania's largest trading partner and its second largest source of investment. Bilateral trade volume reached 2.47 billion U.S. dollars last year, up 15.2 percent year on year.

The Tanzania visit by Xi, his first to the African continent since he became China's president earlier this month, fully demonstrated China's commitment to growing its relations with African countries.

"No matter how international landscape may change, China will continue to support and promote Africa's efforts to achieve peace, stability, prosperity and development, seek strength through unity and participate in international affairs on the basis of equality," Xi said in a joint interview with reporters from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or BRICS, last Tuesday.

China and Africa have forged a profound friendship over the past decades. The two sides have supported each other in the course of national development, and coordinated well in dealing with international issues.

The China-African relations have grown more vigorously since 2000, when the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was established to further bilateral cooperation.

At the FOCAC Beijing Summit in 2006, China and Africa decided to build a new type of strategic partnership, which has deepened bilateral cooperation in all areas in recent years.

The two sides are actively implementing the follow-up actions to the fifth Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC, said former Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a press conference earlier this month.

"China and Africa will especially promote cooperation in such fields as investment and financing, assistance, African integration, civilian exchanges, peace and security in Africa," Yang said.

China became Africa's biggest trading partner in 2009. In 2012, bilateral trade grew to 198.4 billion dollars.

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