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Sino-African summit a historic event, Hu says
Latest Updated by 2006-11-02 09:28:54
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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for President of Guinea-Bissau Joao Bernardo Vieira at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 1, 2006. Joao Bernardo Vieira is in Beijing for a state visit to China and also for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled for Nov. 4-5.

The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) has become an important platform for dialogue between China and Africa and an effective mechanism for pragmatic collaboration, President Hu Jintao said yesterday.

Hu made the remarks when meeting some leaders of African countries who arrived in the capital to attend the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC, which opens on Saturday.

"The Beijing Summit will be a great undertaking in the history of China-Africa relations," Hu said.

During the summit, with the theme of friendship, peace, co-operation and development, "we will look back at the development of the China-Africa friendship and devise a blueprint for future partnership," he said.

"The summit is surely a milestone in the history of China-Africa relations and will bring about broader prospects for the future development."

Heads of state or government and high-ranking officials from 48 countries are expected to participate in the summit, the largest ever staged in the country since the founding of New China in 1949.

A series of deals on co-operation between China and Liberia and Guinea-Bissau were signed yesterday following separate talks Hu held with the leaders of the two countries.

Joao Bernardo Vieira, president of Guinea-Bissau, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia, are in Beijing on state visits as well as to attend the upcoming summit.

According to the documents, China will increase economic and technical co-operation with Guinea-Bissau, the first country to collaborate with China on deep-sea fishing.

Meanwhile, China will offer assistance to Liberia in the maintenance and expansion of a national broadcasting station and school buildings. The two sides also agreed to co-operate in mining, oil and gas exploration.

During talks with Vieira, Hu said China hoped the two nations strengthen co-operation under the FOCAC framework, and enhance consultations in international affairs.

This is "in an effort to jointly safeguard the legal interests of developing countries and to make contributions to the construction of a harmonious world," Hu said.

Vieira expressed appreciation to China for providing his country with assistance.

Just before talks with Johnson-Sirleaf, Hu extended birthday wishes to the president who celebrated her 68th birthday four days ago.

Johnson-Sirleaf arrived in Beijing on Saturday, the first African leader to arrive for the Beijing Summit.

Hu suggested the two nations maintain high-level exchanges to enhance political trust and increase co-operation in trade, infrastructure, education and health.

Johnson-Sirleaf said Liberia would forge a strategic partnership with China and boost co-operation in the trade, investment, infrastructure construction, education and public health fields.

She reiterated that the Liberian Government pursues the one-China policy, which will not be changed.

Hu yesterday also met Gabonese President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, Alpha Oumar Konar, chairman of the Commission of the African Union, and Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, president of the Union of Comoros.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 1, 2006. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf arrived in Beijing on Oct. 28 for a state visit to China and the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled for Nov. 4-5.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with African Union Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 1, 2006. Konare is in Beijing for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which is scheduled for Nov. 4-5. The Beijing summit of Chinese and African leaders will mark the start of a more prosperous relationship between China and Africa, said Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing Wednesday.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Gabonese President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 1, 2006. Bongo is in Beijing for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which is scheduled for Nov. 4-5.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with President of the Comoros Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 1, 2006. Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi is in Beijing for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which is scheduled for Nov. 4-5.

Editor: Yan

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