Visiting Chinese President Hu
Jintao began talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir on
closer cooperation between the countries soon after his arrival at Khartoum on
Chinese President Hu Jintao, right,
reviews the honor guard in company with with his Sudanese counterpart Omar
Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir during a welcome ceremony in Khartoum, capital of
Sudan, Fridayday, February 2, 2007. Sudan is
the third station in an eight-nation tour of the continent.
During their talks, the two leaders are expected to discuss the promotion of
friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
They will also exchange views on regional issues and other issues of common
concerns, according to a Chinese foreign ministry official.
In the afternoon, President Hu will meet other Sudanese officials.
The Chinese president flew into Khartoum from the Liberian capital of
Monrovia after a one-day visit.
Trade between China and Sudan has rapidly increased in recent years.
In the first 11 months of 2006, bilateral trade amounted to US$2.9 billion.
Cooperation between the two countries has expanded into construction,
agriculture, medical and health work and education.
President Hu is on the third leg of an eight-nation tour to Africa that has
taken him to Cameroon and Liberia and will also take him to Zambia, Namibia,
South Africa, Mozambique and Seychelles.
Hu's African trip comes only three months after the Beijing Summit of the
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, at which Chinese and African leaders agreed
to establish and develop a new type of strategic partnership, featuring
political equality and mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural
Earlier, the Chinese president described his African trip as "a journey of
friendship and cooperation."
He said that his current visit to the eight African countries aims to
consolidate the traditional friendship between China and Africa, implement the
agreements reached at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation last November, increase cooperation and promote