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President Hu Jintao Gives Interview to Chinese and Foreign Media during Visit to Tanzania

2009/02/16

On the afternoon of February 15, 2009, President Hu Jintao gave an interview to Chinese and foreign media in Dar es Salaam. He took questions from journalists of Tanzanian State Television and Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV.

While answering questions on the prospect of the development of China-Tanzania relations, Hu said Tanzania is an old and good friend of China. He said the bilateral relationship has moved forward in a sound and smooth way and yielded fruitful results in various fields since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties in 1964. "It can be viewed as an exemplary relationship of sincerity, solidarity and cooperation between the two developing countries," Hu said. In 2008, bilateral trade hit an all-time high, reaching more than 1 billion U.S. dollars, Hu said. He noted he was satisfied with the development of China-Tanzania ties. He held talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and met Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume earlier on the day. Hu said they reviewed the growth of China-Tanzania relations and set a direction for bilateral relations to develop in a new era. The two sides agreed on cementing traditional friendship, deepening pragmatic cooperation and taking the relations to a new high, Hu said. "With joint efforts, I am convinced that bilateral friendly and cooperative relations will have a promising future and benefit the two nations," Hu said.

While answering questions about the significance of his current Africa tour, Hu said this is his sixth visit to Africa and his second since the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2006. "The visit is aimed at cementing friendship, deepening cooperation, dealing with challenges and seeking common development," Hu said. "During the visit, I had in-depth discussions with leaders of related countries on bilateral relations and issues of common concern, and we reached a lot of new and important consensus," Hu said. Currently the spreading international financial crisis continues to take a toll on the economic development of both China and Africa. As a sincere friend of Africa, China will actively support African countries in developing their economies and improving livelihood and strengthen cooperation with them to tide over the crisis, he said. "China will fully and punctually implement measures agreed at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, seek China-Africa pragmatic cooperation and promote the further development of our new strategic partnership," Hu said.

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