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Wen Jiabao Meets with President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo KABILA

On March 22, 2005, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council met with visiting President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Josephe KABILA in the Great Hall of the People.

Wen made positive remarks on China-DRC relations and expressed satisfaction with the friendly cooperative relations between the two countries demonstrated by mutual political respect and trust, reciprocal and mutually beneficial economic cooperation and mutual support in international affairs. He pointed out that the already existing sound foundation of China-DRC relations should be fully tapped to further expand bilateral cooperation in all fields, especially in economy, trade and technologies. China stands ready to take an active part in the development of mineral resources and construction of telecommunications and infrastructure in the DRC and continue to spare no effort to assist the DRC and support its economic and social progresses.

KABILA said that the DRC takes China as a sincere friend and the government of the DRC gives top priority to strengthening the friendly cooperative relations with China. During my visit to China I have conducted in-depth discussions with Chinese leaders on how to promote the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries and reached many common consensuses. The DRC encourages and welcomes Chinese businesses to make investment and build manufacturers in our country and expects to work together with China to faithfully implement the cooperation agreements signed between the two sides.

KABILA reiterated that the DRC resolutely adheres to the one-China policy, supports China's adoption of the Anti-Secession Law and wishes that China realizes its national reunification at the earliest date possible, to which Wen expressed appreciation.

Wen also exchanged opinions with KABILA on the situation of the Great Lake Region. He indicated that China hopes to see all parties concerned faithfully implement the existing peace and reconciliation agreements and solve conflicts and promote regional peace through dialogue on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. To that end China is willing to play an active role.

KABILA said that over years China has provided generous support and assistance to Africa, which fully demonstrates the friendly feeling of the Chinese people towards the African people. He expressed hope that China will continue to contribute to the peace and development of Africa.

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