WINDHOEK -- Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Namibia's capital Windhoek
Monday, kicking off his state visit to the southern African country.
Chinese President Hu Jintao inspects the guard of honour
before his departure from Lusaka, Zambia, Monday, Feb, 5,
2007. Namibia is the fifth leg on Hu's eight-nation tour
to the African continent. [AP]
In Windhoek, President Hu is expected to hold talks with his Namibian
counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba on strengthening bilateral ties.
In a written statement released at the airport upon his arrival, Hu said that
Namibia is one of the youngest countries in Africa. The Namibian people,
hardworking, talented and full of vitality, won national independence in 1990
through arduous struggles and have since achieved great success in national
"From the very beginning of Namibia's national liberation struggle, the
Chinese and Namibian peoples have sympathized with and supported each other,
forging a profound friendship," he said.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 17 years ago, the relationship
between China and Namibia has been growing steadily, with fruitful cooperation
in the political, economic, education, public health, cultural and other fields,
"I look forward to having an in-depth exchange of views with the Namibian
leaders on the bilateral relationship, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and
other major issues of mutual interest," he said.
Since China and Namibia forged diplomatic relations in 1990, the two
countries have witnessed steady development of friendly cooperation with
bilateral trade growing constantly.
According to figures from the Chinese embassy in Namibia, two-way trade hit
240 million U.S. dollars during the first 11 months of 2006.
Namibia is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of
industry, human resources and infrastructure construction.
President Hu flew into Namibia from the Zambian capital of Lusaka where he
had paid a state visit.
Hu is on an eight-nation Africa tour that has already brought him to
Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan and Zambia, and he will continue to visit South Africa,
Mozambique and Seychelles after Namibia.