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 Wednesday.
Primary-school students from Beijing's Dongcheng District
rehearse for a traditional drum performance yesterday. They will perform
for the African guests and other visitors in downtown Beijing during the
forum. [China Daily]
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
"The Beijing Summit will be a great undertaking in the history of
China-Africa relations," Hu said.
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
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
According to the documents, China will increase economic and technical
co-operation with Guinea-Bissau, the first country to collaborate with China on
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
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,"
Vieira expressed appreciation to China for providing his country with
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
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.