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China tables four-point proposal to cement ties with Africa
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-03-25 14:55

Jia Qinglin n,chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC),deliveres a key-note speech on China-African relationship at the National Assembly of Cameroon,in Yaounde,Cameroon,March 23,2010.(Xinhua/Li Tao o)

China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin has put forward a four-point proposal aiming at fully advancing relations with Africa.

The proposal, which was made on Tuesday and was part of Jia's key-note speech at National Assembly of Cameroon, covered political trust, economy collaboration, cultural exchanges and global issues.

"Under the new circumstances, China will work with Cameroon and other African countries to enhance the traditional friendship and grow the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership," Jia said.

The speech, entitled "May the Flower of China-Africa Friendship Grow More Splendid," reaffirmed China's commitment to boosting the ties between the world's biggest developing country and the continent with the largest number of developing countries.

"Both sides should remain committed to deepening political mutual trust," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top advisory body.

Jia highlighted the importance of high-level visits, intergovernmental, parliamentary and party-to-party exchanges and cooperation.

"We support the efforts of African countries to uphold peace and stability and seek development through unity," Jia said, adding China stood ready to make contribution to African peace, security and integration.

On the economic front, Jia pledged more cooperation with African countries in trade, investment, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, finance and telecommunications.

"We will fulfill the pledge of the Chinese government to provide 10 billion U.S. dollars of preferential loans to African countries," Jia said.

The preferential loans were part of the eight new measures introduced by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last November in Egypt, which also include debt cancellation, agriculture production, infrastructure and education.

Jia encouraged well-established Chinese companies to invest in Africa and take more favorable measures to increase the continent' s exports to China.

"The Chinese businesses accompanying my visit to Africa will sign important agreements on importing goods from Cameroon," Jia said.

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