Wu Bangguo Meets with South Sudanese President Kiir
On April 25, 2012, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the Great Hall of the People.
Wu extended welcome for Kiir's visit, which is his first state visit to China since he took office as president. Wu said that the friendly exchanges between the people of China and South Sudan go back to ancient times and are deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. Bilateral relations have had a good start and great potential is emerging for bilateral cooperation since the two countries established diplomatic ties. China supports South Sudan's efforts in maintaining stability and developing its economy, and will constantly deepen bilateral friendship and deepen pragmatic cooperation, especially the mutually beneficial cooperation within the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, according to Wu. China would also like to help South Sudan to develop economy and improve people's livelihood. He said China appreciates South Sudan's adherence to the one-China policy.
Wu also proposed the two sides bolster contact and exchanges between legislative bodies so as to strengthen understanding, mutual trust and cooperation.
Kiir said South Sudan values its relations with China and deems it a reliable friend and cooperative partner. South Sudan attaches great importance to ties with China and appreciates China's long-term support, Kiir said, pledging further cooperation with China in various fields, including parliamentary exchanges. South Sudan will stick to the one-China policy, he vowed.
Both sides also exchanged views on relations between South Sudan and Sudan.