Chinese President Hu Jintao left Beijing Tuesday morning to pay a state visit
to eight African nations from January 30 to February 10.
The eight nations are Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South
Africa, Mozambique and Seychelles.
During his visit, President Hu is expected to meet leaders of the eight
nations, and will exchange views with them on the relationship and the issues of
common concern, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao.
"This tour will be China's another major diplomatic move toward the African
nations since the Beijing Summit was held last November," Liu told a regular
press conference prior to Hu's visit.
He said Hu's visit aims at deepening the traditional friendship and realizing
the agreements reached during the Beijing Summit, including eight commitments Hu
had made to benefit the African countries.