PRETORIA -- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said in the
capital Wednesday that China will consolidate traditional friendship and
expand practical cooperation with Africa.
Hu, who is on a eight-nation African tour, made the statement in a speech at
the South Africa's prestigious University of Pretoria.
Both China and Africa are important forces for peace and development and to
deepen their friendship is the shared desire of both peoples, Hu said in his
"China is the biggest developing country and Africa is the continent with the
largest number of developing countries." To deepen China-Africa traditional
friendship and develop a new all-around strategic partnership in also the
calling of the times, he said.
The president listed four fields in which China is ready to make joint
efforts with Africa for boosting development.
China will forge friendship, maintain close political dialogue, coordination
and increase mutual understanding and trust with Africa, Hu said. He added that
China will remain actively involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations in Africa.
On the economic front, he said China will deepen cooperation and expand
economic and technological exchanges to achieve mutual benefit and win-win
"The Chinese will fully implement the policy steps announced at the Beijing
Summit (of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) for strengthening pragmatic
cooperation with Africa and supporting its development," Hu pledged.
The president said China will strengthen dialogue and exchanges between the
Chinese and African civilizations and make common progress through mutual
learning and enrichment.
He also urged both sides to treat each other as equals and strengthen
cooperation in international affairs to uphold the legitimate rights and
interests of developing countries.
Hu arrived in South Africa after concluding visits to Cameroon, Liberia,
Sudan, Zambia and Namibia. He will also visit Mozambique and