Posted by: APO | 16 April 2008

Tanzania / China / President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Tanzanian President Kikwete

President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Tanzanian President Kikwete

On April 11, 2008, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in Sanya, Hainan Province. Both sides agreed to make joint efforts to deepen traditional friendship, expand pragmatic cooperation and continue to push for all-round development of China-Tanzania and China-Africa friendly cooperative relations.
Hu emphasized that the two countries share a fraternal friendship and China sees Tanzania as its all-weather cooperative partner. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 44 years ago, bilateral relations between the two countries have been developing very well and could be treated as a model for China’s sincerity and cooperation with Africa and all developing countries, Hu said. Currently the development of bilateral ties has maintained a sound momentum with close high-level exchanges, fruitful cooperation in all areas and mutual support in international affairs. The achievements made at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) are being implemented successfully in Tanzania.
Hu pointed out that China values the traditional friendship with Tanzania and deems it an important cooperative partner of China in Africa. China is ready to work with Tanzania to push for all-round development of bilateral friendly cooperative relations. To further the bilateral cooperation, Hu made a four-point proposal. First, strengthen political exchanges. The two countries should maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and keep dialogue and consultations in various forms to build up mutual understanding and friendship. Hu urged the legislatures and ruling parties of the two countries to strengthen cooperation, and exchange experience in promoting economic and social development and governing the country. The government agencies of the two countries should conduct extensive consultations and cooperation, actively expand new cooperation areas and enrich China-Tanzania friendly cooperative relations. Second, expand mutually beneficial trade cooperation. The two sides should implement projects both under construction and preparation and explore new cooperation areas and channels. The Chinese government will continue to provide aid for Tanzania’s economic and social development within its capacity, and encourage its competent enterprises to cooperate with Tanzanian companies in such priority areas as infrastructure construction, agriculture, resource exploration, telecommunications and personnel training, so as to promote common development, Hu said. Third, expand humanities exchanges. Both sides should facilitate exchanges in the areas of education, culture, sports, public health, tourism and media, and encourage contacts between the local governments, academic groups, non-governmental organizations, women and youth of the two countries to contribute to all-round friendship. Fourth, deepen cooperation in the United Nations and on other multilateral occasions. Hu suggested that the two countries give full play to the role of the consultation mechanism between the two Foreign Ministries and increase contacts on major international issues such as international development cooperation, the UN Millennium Development Goals, multilateral trade mechanism, climate change, as well as the situation in Africa, so as to safeguard common interests of all developing nations including China and Tanzania.
Hailing China as a good friend, partner of Tanzania, Kikwete said the cooperation between the two countries in economy, trade, education and medical health has been developing continuously. Noting China’s precious support and assistance to Tanzania over the past years, Kikwete said the progress made by his country is inseparable from China’s assistance. The Tanzanian people value the friendship with the Chinese people and will continue cooperating with China. He also reiterated that Tanzania firmly upholds the one-China policy.
Kikwete said that Tanzania is very glad to host the Olympic Torch relay and will exert the utmost efforts to ensure its success. Tanzania will never allow anyone to disrupt or sabotage the Olympic Torch run in the country, he added. Kikwete said the people of Tanzania and all other African countries are firmly against the attempt of some people to disrupt the Beijing Olympic Games, resolutely support the efforts of the Chinese government and people, and believe the Beijing Olympic Games will be a complete success. Hu thanked Kikwete for his remarks.
Kikwete briefed on his views on the African situation and regional hotspot issues. Hailing China as a sincere friend of the African people, he said the profound friendship between both sides can be dated back to the time when African people were struggling for national independence and liberation. African people are thankful for the sincere assistance from the Chinese government and people and hope that the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership will achieve continuous development.
Hu pointed out that currently the situation in Africa is developing towards a good direction with relatively rapid economic growth and accelerating regional cooperation and integration. Africa’s influence in the international arena has been enhanced and the continent is facing new opportunities for development thanks to the increased attention and input to Africa from the international community. He said the China-Africa new strategic partnership marks a new development stage of China-Africa cooperation. China-Africa pragmatic cooperation conforms to common interests of people of China and Africa and also helps the international community to pay more attention and offer aid to the African continent. China is ready to work with African countries to carry forward China-Africa traditional friendship, deepen pragmatic cooperation, seek win-win results, promote the sustained development of China-Africa Cooperation Forum and make new contribution to Africa’s peace and development.
Following the talks, the two heads of state attended a signing ceremony of seven cooperation documents including an agreement on economic and technological cooperation.
Prior to the talks, Hu held a grand welcoming ceremony for Kikwete.
Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee (CPCCC) & Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ling Jihua, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee (CPCCC) & Director of the Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee Wang Huning, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and other officials attended the above-mentioned activities.


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