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Premier Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

On November 2, 2004, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council held talks at the Great Hall of the People with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is on an official visit to China. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and international issues.

Wen spoke highly of the relations between China and Ethiopia, complimenting that the relations between the two countries have become the model of friendly contact between China and African countries. He said that over more than 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations the bilateral ties have been witnessing sustainable and stable development. In the political field, both sides conduct frequent high-level exchanges and political mutual trust keeps deepening. In the economic field, their economic and trade cooperation brings about benefits to both and rises to increasingly high level. In terms of culture, health and education, bilateral exchanges continue to expand and cooperation in human resources development and tourism has achieved great progress. In international affairs both countries have been always collaborating with each other closely and join hands in promoting regional stability and safeguarding common interests. China is gratified at the sound momentum of bilateral relations.

Wen pointed out that the Chinese government attaches importance to the relations with Ethiopia and is willing to make concerted efforts with Ethiopia to promote the development of bilateral ties in the following areas: first, maintaining the momentum of high-level exchanges and consolidating traditional friendship; second, expanding economic and trade cooperation and creating favorable conditions for the mutually beneficial cooperation of businesses of both countries in such fields as agriculture, textile, resources development, infrastructure construction and tourism; third, strengthening exchange in humanities; fourth, building closer coordination and collaboration in international affairs and making contributions to safeguarding world peace and regional stability.

Meles said that after many years of development the friendly cooperative relations between Ethiopia and China have reached a relatively high level. The bilateral ties enjoy solid political foundation, economic and trade cooperation advances continuously and both sides hold many common opinions on international affairs. The Ethiopian side thanks China for its firm support and assistance to the development, stability and the cause of peace of Ethiopia. Ethiopia hopes to consolidate the existing bilateral political relations, especially expanding the bilateral economic and trade cooperation. It is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in areas like agriculture and infrastructure construction.

Meles reiterated that Ethiopia will resolutely uphold the one-China policy. When talking about China-Africa relations, Wen noted that in recent years to maintain stability and eliminate poverty are the major tasks faced by all countries of Africa. The Chinese government sincerely hopes that the African continent enjoys political stability and economic growth and copes with the challenges brought about by globalization through implementing the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). The Chinese government is ready to provide corresponding support within its capacity and at the same time hopes to work with Ethiopia to promote the practical cooperation between China and Africa under the China-Africa Cooperation Forum mechanism.

Meles said that China is the sincere friend of the African people and China's efforts in realizing Africa's stability and development and its concrete measures in promoting the progress of China-Africa relations benefit Africa greatly. Ethiopia is willing to strengthen cooperation with China within the framework of China-Africa Cooperation Forum and promote bilateral cooperation. After the meeting between the Chinese premier and his Ethiopian counterpart, they both attended the signing ceremony of the bilateral agreement on economic and technological cooperation and the agreement on educational exchange and cooperation.

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