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China, Tanzania agree to forge comprehensive cooperative partnership


08:49, March 25, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, March 24 (Xinhua) -- China and Tanzania agreed on Sunday to build a comprehensive cooperative partnership characterized by mutal benefit and win-win results.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Calling the East African country an old friend and a good friend of China, Xi said the two countries have maintained an all-weather friendship and China cherishes the time-tested bond with Tanzania.

China, he added, is ready to work with Tanzania to foster a comprehensive cooperative partnership characterized by mutual benefit and win-win results and lift bilateral relations to a higher level.

Noting that both countries face the task of national development, Xi said the two sides should trust, support and help each other and pursue common development.

They should maintain contacts and exchanges, continue to support each other on core interests and major concerns, and strengthen coordination and cooperation on global and regional issues, added the Chinese president.

China, he said, is willing to continue to support Tanzania's socioeconomic development and encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Tanzania.

The two countries need to boost bilateral people-to-people exchanges and carry on their traditional friendship, said the Chinese president, adding that China will set up a Chinese culture center in Tanzania.

Commenting on Africa's overall situation, Xi said Africa is a continent full of hope and has a bright future despite the many difficulties and challenges it faces now.

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