China and Namibia
The year 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Namibia. The new administration of Namibia attached importance to its relations with China. Friendship and cooperation between the two countries kept the sound momentum of growth.
The two countries maintained frequent high-level exchanges and the political trust was further deepened. In March, President Hu Jintao and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba exchanged messages of congratulations in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. In April and August, President Pohamba sent letters of condolences to President Hu in the wake of the earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai Province and the massive mudslide in Zhouqu, Gansu Province respectively.
From 25 to 28 March, CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin paid an official good-will visit to Namibia. During the visit, he held talks with National Council Chairperson Asser Kuveri Kapere, had meetings with President Pohamba and Namibian Founding President Sam Nujoma separately, and attended a reception marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Chairman Jia spoke highly of the traditional friendship between the two countries and the development of bilateral relations, and expressed thanks for Namibia's support to China in international affairs. He also expressed China's willingness to work together with Namibia to lift the friendship and cooperation between the two countries to a new level. Namibian leaders commended China's invaluable support to Namibia in its fight for national liberation and effort for economic development, valued its friendship and cooperation with China and stood ready to make joint efforts with China to implement the consensus reached between the two sides and strive for new progress in bilateral relations. During the visit, the two sides also signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation Between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
From the end of April to early May, Namibian Founding President Nujoma attended the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo and had separate meetings with CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin and Minister of the International Department of CPC Central Committee Wang Jiarui. In August, National Council Chairperson Kapere visited China and had separate meetings with NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo and CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin. In December, Namibian Minister of Foreign Affairs Utoni Nujoma paid an official visit to China. He met with Vice Premier Li Keqiang and held talks with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
On 7 July, the newly-appointed Chinese ambassador to Namibia Wei Ruixing presented his Letter of Credence to President Pohamba.
Bilateral exchanges across the board were vibrant. In March, Ji Peiding, member of the Foreign Policy Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited Namibia for the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the independence of Namibia and the inauguration ceremony of President Pohamba. In May, Chen Bingde, member of the CPC Central Military Commission and Chief of the General Staff, headed a delegation to Namibia. In August, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun visited Namibia for the political consultation between the two foreign ministries. In October, a friendship delegation of China's manned space mission visited Namibia for the annual event "National Science, Technology and Engineering Week" and attended the inaugural ceremony of the Space Science and Technology Exhibition Hall of China's Observation and Monitoring Station in Namibia. In May, Namibian Minister of Justice, Secretary General of the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana headed a SWAPO delegation to China. In August, Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa led a delegation to attend the China-Africa Agricultural Forum. Namibian Minister of Trade and Industry Hage Geingob came to China to attend the National Pavilion Day of Namibia at the Shanghai World Expo. In September, Namibian Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Dkandjo visited China and attended the 2010 China International Friendship Cities Conference in Shanghai.