19 September 2008
GB in the PRC
16 September 2008: At the close of his visit to the Paralympic Games in Beijing, President Joao Bernardo Vieira met with PRC Chairman Hu Jintao.
"On China-Africa relations, the Chinese president pointed out that it was an important part of China’s independent foreign policy of peace, as well as China's long-term strategic choice to consolidate and develop friendly cooperation with the African countries. The implementation of the eight policy measures towards Africa that the Chinese government announced at the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has made significant achievements. China has increased aid to Africa, basically finished writing off debts and tariff exemption and successfully launched China-Africa Development Fund. Such China-assisted projects as schools, hospitals and agricultural technology demonstration centers are under implementation and China has helped the African countries train 8,400 people. China will continue to work with African countries to comprehensively implement the consensus reached at the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and will push forward the China-Africa new strategic partnership in a down-to-earth manner, he added" (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China)
Read the full article here: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China