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China, Ethiopia keen to strengthen ties

ADDIS ABABA — China and Ethiopia are willing to enhance bilateral ties, leaders of the two sides said here on Thursday.

Ethiopia is ready to work with China and deepen the friendly bilateral relations at all levels, including people-to-people exchanges, President Mulatu Teshome told visiting Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.

Ethiopia attaches great importance to relations with China and has harvested tangible benefits, he added.

Mulatu further commended that the major China-Africa cooperation plans proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will meet Africa’s needs and strongly promote its industrialization.

Li expressed China’s willingness to follow the important consensus among leaders of the two countries to deepen cooperation in various fields.

The two countries, which have similar concept of governance and development and have extensive common interests, have played a leading and exemplary role in many aspects in China-Africa cooperation, he added.

Li also indicated that experience sharing between the two ruling parties will promote the comprehensive cooperative partnership of China and Ethiopia.

Li recalled Mulatu’s prior experience in China, saying the president has witnessed the growth of bilateral relations.

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