KHARTOUM -- Visiting Chinese
President Hu Jintao on Friday held talks in Khartoum with his Sudanese
counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and they pledged to raise Sino-Sudanese
bilateral relationship to a new high.
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 the talks, the two leaders had frank, in-depth and fruitful
discussions on bilateral ties and major regional and international issues and
The two leaders praised the smooth development of Sino-Sudanese relations. Hu
said that Sudan was one of the first group of African and Arab countries to have
established diplomatic ties with China, and 43 years ago, then Chinese Premier
Zhou Enlai visited Sudan, thus ushering in a new chapter in bilateral ties.
Hu said the peoples of the two countries have trusted each other and forged a
sincere and friendly relationship over the past decades, and bilateral ties have
stood the test of the changing international situation.
Thanks to the joint efforts, bilateral cooperation in various areas has been
progressing in recent years, enriching bilateral ties and bringing about
tangible benefit to the people of the two countries, he added.
Al-Bashir said that Sudanese-Chinese ties, based on equality and mutual
respect, have set a model for state-to-state cooperation, and both countries
have benefited from their increasingly close economic and trade ties.
Sudan is grateful for China's long-standing support for economic and social
development in Sudan, he said, adding that the two countries have maintained
close coordination and consultation on regional and international issues.
He reiterated that Sudan has adhered to the one-China policy and opposed any
attempt to separate Taiwan from China.
On Friday afternoon, President Hu will meet other Sudanese officials.
Trade between China and Sudan has rapidly increased in recent years.
In the first 11 months of 2006, bilateral trade amounted to 2.9 billion U.S.
Cooperation between the two countries has expanded in areas of construction,
agriculture, medical and health work and education.
President Hu flew into Khartoum from the Liberian capital of Monrovia after a
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 substantial cooperation and promote common