BEIJING, November 4 -- China has agreed to endorse Mozambique as a new
tourist destination in an effort to intensify bilateral cooperation in the
tourism industry and boost mutual development, Chinese President Hu Jintao told
visiting Mozambican President Armando Guebuza here Saturday.
This has raised the number of tourism destination countries for Chinese
tourists in Africa to at least 13, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Tunisia,
Ethiopia, Mauritius, Zambia, Namibia, Seychelles, Rwanda, Nigeria and Cameroon.
During his meeting with Guebuza, Hu said the two countries have maintained
friendly relations and all-round cooperation. "The Chinese government will
continue to provide aids and will encourage Chinese companies to invest in
He said key areas for China-Mozambique cooperation include infrastructure
construction and agriculture.
Chinese experts, doctors and business people have played an active role in
Mozambique's social and economic development, for which the Mozambican people
are grateful, said Guebuza.
He said his country wishes to expand cooperation with China, particularly in
infrastructure construction and personnel training.
Guebuza arrived here on Friday for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation, which opened Saturday morning.
China and Mozambique established diplomatic ties on July 25, 1975, the very
day when Mozambique declared independence. Bilateral trade amounted to 165
million U.S. dollars last year.