Sunday, February 15, 2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao Arrives in Tanzania

Chinese president arrives in Tanzania

Sunday, February 15

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania (AFP) - - China's President Hu Jintao arrived in Tanzania late Saturday at the start of a two-day visit to the east African country.

The Chinese president arrived at 10:00pm (1900 GMT) in Dar-es-Salaam on the third leg of his African diplomatic tour following visits to Mali and Senegal.

President Hu will sign key political and economic agreements with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania's Foreign Minster Bernard Membe said.

"Our two countries have good relations for over 40 years. His visit will cement the ties," Membe told reporters at a news conference.

On Sunday morning, Hu will meet Tanzanian officials before opening a 56-million-dollar (43-million-euro), 60,000-seater sports complex, which had been built using Chinese loans.

China is one of the ten largest investors in Tanzania, official figures show.

Trade between the two countries amounted to 794 million dollars in 2007, an increase of 48.2 percent in 2006.

After Tanzania, President Hu was expected Monday on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

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