Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's seven-nation African tour is "fruitful" and has
achieved the objective of deepening friendship, enhancing mutual trust,
broadening cooperation and seeking common development between China and Africa,
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said in Beijing Saturday.
Li, who accompanied Wen to Egypt, Ghana, the Republic of Congo, Angola, South
Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, told Chinese reporters that the tour has drawn wide
attention from African and international media and will have a far-reaching
impact on China-Africa relations in the new era.
China's Premier Wen Jiabao (L)
and Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni watch dancers on Wen's arrival at
Entebbe international airport, 47 km (29 miles) south-west of Uganda's
capital Kampala, June 23, 2006. Wen is on a one-day state visit as part of
a seven African nation tour. [Reuters]
The Chinese and African peoples have forged a profound friendship by
sympathizing with, supporting and helping each other in their fight for national
independence and in their nation building, said Li.
Premier Wen's official visit, aimed at deepening China-Africa friendship, was
warmly welcomed by the African people, said Li. He noted that leaders from both
sides said they were feeling the warmth of friendship between their peoples
although China and Africa are far apart geographically.
Both China and African nations belong to the developing world and there are
huge potentials for China and Africa to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation
and seek common development, as the economies of China and African countries are
In South Africa, Wen elaborated on China's policy of building a new type of
strategic partnership with Africa under the principle of sincerity, friendship,
equality, mutual benefit and common development.
During the visit, China signed outlines with Egypt and South Africa on
deepening strategic and cooperative relations between them, and issued joint
communiques with the other five African nations on further developing bilateral
China signed with the seven countries a total of 71
agreements covering politics, economy, trade, infrastructure, culture, education and science and