Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Pretoria on Tuesday for a state visit
aimed at enhancing the strategic partnership between China and South Africa,
following a two-day visit to Namibia.
In Pretoria, he will hold talks with South African President Thabo Mbeki on
expanding mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
In a written statement released at the airport, Hu said that the new South
Africa, since its founding, has made remarkable achievements in national
reconciliation and economic and social development.
"As an advocate for African renaissance and a promoter of South-South
cooperation and South-North dialogue, South Africa has made important
contributions to peace and development in Africa and the whole world," he said.
In nearly 10 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the
China-South Africa strategic partnership, which is based on equality and mutual
benefit for common development, has steadily grown in depth, according to the
Hu flew into South Africa from the Namibian capital of Windhoek, where he
held talks with his Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba on bilateral
relations, the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
and other major issues of common concern.
At the end of Hu's visit to Namibia on Tuesday, China and Namibia inked a
joint communique, in which the two nations promised to further boost economic
and trade cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to continuing mutual
support on issues concerning sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The communique said that the presidents of China and Namibia believed
bilateral economic cooperation and trade "enjoy great potential for further
The two leaders, who held talks on Monday, agreed to work together to
strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as mining, agriculture, tourism,
manufacturing and the development of human resource, said the document.
"The two governments will continue to encourage their business people to
increase contacts and expand cooperation and will create conditions to
facilitate two-way trade and investment," said the communique.
In the communique, the Namibian government reiterated its adherence to the
one-China policy and its opposition to "Taiwan independence" in any form,
including "de jure Taiwan independence, " and to Taiwan's accession to any
international organization of sovereign states.
The Namibian side also reiterated its position of not having any official
relations or contacts with Taiwan and reaffirmed its support for the Chinese
government's efforts to achieve national reunification.
During his talks with the Namibian president on Monday, Hu made a four-point
proposal on promoting bilateral ties, which included enhancing political
exchanges, expanding cooperation in economy and trade, increasing
people-to-people contacts, and continuing to support each other in international
South Africa is the sixth-leg of Hu's eight-nation Africa tour, which has
already taken him to Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia and Namibia, and will also
take him to Mozambique and Seychelles.