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Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam for a state visit. It’s the second leg of his first foreign trip as president following visit to Russia. His aim is to enhance friendship and cooperation with the East African country.
The Chinese President and his wife received a warm welcome from President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and his wife, government officials, and the Tanzanian people.
In a written statement upon his arrival, President Xi lauded the traditional brotherly friendship between China and Tanzania. Diplomatic ties go back to the 1960s. He wants to build on that friendship, with an eye towards future cooperation and common development.
The next stop was the Presidential Palace. The two sides agreed to build a comprehensive cooperative partnership, characterized by mutal benefit and win-win results.
|Chinese President Xi Jinping has begun a state visit to Tanzania, where he has held talks |
with his counterpart Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
President Xi said China is ready to work with Tanzania to raise relations to a higher level. He noted both countries face the task of national development. President Xi said they should trust and help each other to pursue common development.
He said China will continue to support Tanzania’s socio-economic development and encourage Chinese enterprises to invest there.
And he suggested boosting people-to-people exchanges by setting up a Chinese culture center in Tanzania.
|Chinese President Xi Jinping (1st L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd R) are welcomed by |
Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (2nd L) and his wife Salma Kikwete (1st R) upo
n their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 24, 2013. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
President Kikwete thanked China for its long-term support and assistance for his country. He hopes to strengthen cooperation directly and under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in various areas. He assured China of his government’s continued backing on major issues concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The two leaders also witnessed the signing of several cooperation deals on trade, investment, infrastructure, and culture.
China is Tanzania’s largest trading partner and second largest source of investment. Bilateral trade exceeded 2.4 billion US dollars last year, a 15 percent year-on-year increase.