Xi Jinping, the new leader of the Chinese Communist Party and government, visits with Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso in Brazzaville. China says it is an all weather friend to Africa., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Xi Jinping praises China-Africa co-op
Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
BEIJING. — President Xi Jinping yesterday praised the state of China-Africa co-operation, calling on both sides to remain sincere partners. “China and Africa share a common destiny and bilateral co-operation has huge potential for growth,” Xi said while meeting visiting Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma. Xi also recalled his visit to Africa in
March, noting that he felt “vigour” and “hope” in Africa during his trip.
Xi said China is willing to step up co-operation with Sierra Leone and create more opportunities for the stimulation of bilateral co-operation.
Xi said China will support Sierra Leone’s national development in the areas of culture, education and public health, vowing to encourage Chinese companies to become further engaged in the country’s infrastructure construction, mining, telecommunication and agriculture.
He said he hopes Sierra Leone will protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and create a stable and favourable environment for bilateral economic and trade cooperation.
Koroma said he appreciated President Xi’s visit to Africa, adding that both sides respect and support each other and have co-operated in many areas.
Sierra Leone appreciates China’s support and help, Koroma said, adding that his country is committed to expanding co-operation with China, improving local conditions for investment and welcoming more Chinese companies to develop their business in Sierra Leone.