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Nation to further ties with AU, says Hu
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-16 06:06

China attaches importance to the role of the African Union (AU), and would like to strengthen co-operation with African countries, President Hu Jintao said yesterday at a meeting with Alpha Oumar Konare, chair of the Commission of the African Union.

Alpha Oumar Konare, chair of the Commission of the African Union, introduces his entourage to President Hu Jintao during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. Konare arrived on Sunday for a five-day official visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Government.  Konare will also travel to Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and Shanghai, in East China. [newsphoto]
Hu said China is willing to increase consultation with the African Union in various fields such as regional affairs, peacekeeping operations and personnel training so as to promote peace and development in Africa.

Hu said the establishment of the African Union marks a new stage in the process of African integration.

Konare, the former president of Mali, said the two sides should further enhance friendly co-operation to deal with new changes in the international and African situation.

In a separate meeting, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told Konare yesterday that China is concerned about and supports the construction of the AU.

"China is ready to join hands with the AU and African countries to further develop the China-Africa new-type strategic partnership featuring equality, mutual trust, co-operation for win-win results and close exchanges," said the foreign minister.
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