Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao met his Cameroonian counterpart Paul
Biya Wednesday morning in Yaounde for talks on closer bilateral ties.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and
his wife Liu Yongqing wave well-wishers upon their arrival in the
Cameroonian capital of Yaounde January 30, 2007, kicking off his
eight-nation Africa tour. Hu will also visit Liberia, Sudan, Zambia,
Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and Seychelles. [Xinhua]
During their talks, President Hu will exchange views with Biya on the
development of China-Cameroon ties and discuss other important issues of common
concern, according to a Chinese official.
President Hu was accorded a red-carpet welcome by Biya before they started
Later in the day, the two presidents are expected to attend a get-together
with performances by Chinese and Cameroonians.
President Hu is also scheduled to visit China-aid projects during his stay in
the Cameroonian capital.
In recent years, the China-Cameroon relations have become increasingly
mature, with bilateral political friendship enhanced, economic and trade
cooperation expanded and human resources exchanges deepened.
In the first 11 months of 2006, trade volume between China and Cameroon
amounted to US$338 million, or a 101 percent increase over the corresponding
period of the previous year.
Hu is on an eight-nation Africa tour that will also take him to Liberia,
Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and Seychelles.
In a written statement issued upon his arrival at the Yaounde International
Airport Tuesday, President Hu described his Africa trip as "a journey of
friendship and cooperation."
He said that his current visit to the eight African countries is aimed at
consolidating the traditional friendship between China and Africa, carrying out
the agreements reached at the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation last November, enlarging substantial cooperation and promoting
At the Beijing summit, leaders of China and 48 African countries agreed to
establish and develop a new type of strategic partnership, featuring political
equality and mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural