Chinese President Hu Jintao
proposed Monday that China and Namibia strengthen cooperation in politics,
economy and international affairs and increase people-to-people exchanges in an
effort to uplift bilateral ties.
Chinese president Hu Jintao, inspects a guard of honour on
his arrival in Windhoek, Namibia, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. Namibia is
the fifth leg on Hu's eight-nation tour to the
African continent. [AP]
Hu, who flew in from Zambia earlier in the day for a
state visit, made a four-point proposal on promoting bilateral ties during talks
with his Namibian counterpart, Hifikepunye Pohamba.
The four points are as follows:
-- Enhance political exchanges and boost political mutual trust. The leaders
of the two countries keep frequent exchanges of visits to communicate and
exchange ideas on bilateral ties and major issues of common concern.
-- Expand cooperation in economy and trade with an aim to achieve mutual
benefit and a win-win outcome. China will encourage and support competent
enterprises to invest in Namibia and explore ways of cooperation with their
Namibian counterparts in infrastructure, agriculture and other sectors. China
will also try to adjust its foreign trade structure so as to gradually achieve a
balance in bilateral trade with Namibia.
-- Increase people-to-people contacts and promote bilateral cooperation in
education, public health, culture and tourism. China has decided to provide
assistance to Namibia in building schools and hospitals in rural areas. It will
also increase government-funded scholarships for Namibian students and train
more professionals for the Southern African country.
-- Continue to support each other in international affairs through close
cooperation and coordination. The two sides continue to maintain close
cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral organizations in order
to safeguard the common interests of the developing countries.
Namibia was the last African country that shook off the shackles of colonial
rule. China and Namibia established diplomatic ties on March 22, 1990, the
second day after Namibia gained its independence.
In response to Hu's proposal, Pohamba thanked China for its support during
Namibia's struggle for national independence and economic and social development
For his part, Pohamba said that Hu's visit to Namibia occurred three months
following the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC),
demonstrating the importance China attaches to its ties with Namibia and its
efforts to fulfill its promises made at the summit.
He agreed with Hu's suggestions and specified that Namibia hopes to
strengthen cooperation with China in trade, investment, energy, mining, fishery,
agriculture, infrastructure, communication and telecommunication.
Pohamba reiterated Namibia's firm adherence to the one-China policy and its
support for China's efforts to achieve national reunification.
During their meeting, the two leaders also exchanged views on the situation
Hu said that Africa, particularly southern Africa, has generally been
peaceful and stable in recent years, with economy in the region growing
African countries and regional organizations have endeavored to safeguard the
hard-won good situation and vigorously pushed forward regional political and
economic integration for a long-term stability and sustained development, he
Hu voiced China's support for the efforts made by African countries to strive
for Africa's rejuvenation.
China is ready to enhance cooperation with African countries within the
framework of FOCAC for the further growth of the traditional friendship and the
mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Africa, he said.
After the talks, Hu and Pohamba witnessed the signing of five documents on
bilateral cooperation in economy and technology, human resources training,
education and tourism.
Namibia is the fifth leg of Hu's eight-nation tour of Africa that has already
taken him to Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan and Zambia. He will leave Windhoek for
South Africa on Tuesday, from where he will travel on to Mozambique and