On May 13, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who is visiting China for the second session of the World Cultural Forum (Taihu, China), at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi Jinping hailed Mozambique as an “all-weather” friend of China in Africa. He said that with the joint efforts of generations of leaders of the two countries, China and Mozambique have continuously made new progress in their traditional friendly ties. In March this year, he met Mr. President in Durban, South Africa. It was frank, in-depth and fruitful, reaching quite a number of agreements. China wishes to work with Mozambique to carry out the agreements, share more experience on state governance and deepen bilateral friendly cooperation.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and Mozambique faces important opportunities for practical cooperation at present. The two countries need to step up political guidance and overall planning, to implement the key cooperation projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy, agriculture, fisheries and others. Both sides would strengthen their support through particular policies, innovate the mode and upgrade the level of cooperation, to benefit the two peoples.
Guebuza thanked China for the long-time precious support to the national liberation and construction of Mozambique. He expressed that there has been profound traditional friendship between the two countries, with frequent exchanges between the political parties and governments of the two countries, as well as fruitful cooperation in all fields. The Mozambican government is committed to the country's sustainable development and will draw on China's experience, working more diversely with China. Mozambique welcomes more Chinese companies joining in bilateral cooperation in the fields of human resources training, agriculture, energy and infrastructure in Mozambique to achieve the common development of the two countries.
Xi Jinping said that he recently visited Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo , seeing by his own eyes the robust development in Africa and feeling the warmth of the African people to the Chinese people. He felt that Africa is a continent filled with hope and vitality and as an important force rising in the international community. The African countries and the people will soon celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, with peace and development entering a new stage. Africa must stay stable and united and pursue a path suitable to itself so as to accomplish African rejuvenation. China will, as always, support Africa's efforts to promote peace and development and will join the efforts with the African side for the common development.
Guebuza said China plays a key role in helping Africa for its peace, stability and development. Africa-China cooperation faces a broad prospect, and Mozambique wishes to play a positive role in promoting Africa-China relations.
State Councilor Yang Jiechi was present at the meeting.