Vice Premier Li Keqiang Meets with South Sudanese President Kiir
On April 25, 2012, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
Li said since the establishment of diplomatic ties, China-South Sudan relations have achieved sound development. President Hu Jintao held talks with President Kiir yesterday, reaching important consensus on developing bilateral ties. China is ready to work with South Sudan in accordance with the direction set by the two heads of state and in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and support each other on issues relating to their core interests and major concerns so as to further advance China-South Sudan friendship and cooperation. Li said China appreciates South Sudan's adherence to the one-China policy. He said that China will as always support the South Sudanese government in efforts to develop its economy, improve people's livelihoods and maintain stability. He also expressed wishes that the people of South Sudan will overcome difficulties and make fresh achievements in building a new country.
Cooperation between China and South Sudan is an important foundation for bilateral relations, Li said. China has offered assistance within its capacity to South Sudan, which reflects the friendly feelings of the Chinese people for the people of South Sudan. Noting that the two economies are highly complementary to each other, he said the two sides should seize opportunities to tap into the great potential and create a new situation of practical cooperation. Li urged the two sides to implement projects built with Chinese aid so as to benefit the South Sudanese people as soon as possible. He said China encourages more competent Chinese companies to invest in South Sudan, expressing hope the South Sudanese government will create a better investment environment and protect the security of employees of Chinese companies and their properties. Li also called for the South Sudanese side to properly handle its oil cooperation with China and guarantee the stability and continuity of the cooperation. The two sides will continue to expand cooperation on agriculture, infrastructure, culture, education and public health, Li promised.
Kiir thanked China for its assistance. He said South Sudan highly values the friendship with China, and expressed readiness to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas and provide convenience for Chinese companies investing in his country.