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Hu Jintao Meets with Zambian President Mwanawasa

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Zambian counterpart Mwanawasa at the UN headquarters in New York

On the noon of September 14, 2005, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Zambian counterpart Levy Mwanawasa at the UN headquarters in New York.

Hu said that both sides reached a couple of important consensuses on strengthening the bilateral relations in Beijing two years ago. Over the two years, both sides have made joint efforts to actively implement the related consensuses and the friendly cooperation in various fields has scored a lot of new achievements. Both sides have witnessed frequent exchange of high-level visits, continuously expanded economic and trade cooperation, one new high after another in the bilateral trade and even closer consultation and cooperation in international affairs. To develop the traditional friendship and consolidate the friendly cooperation between both sides is the consistent guiding principle of the Chinese government. China would like to work with Zambia to build up the mutual political trust, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation and push the bilateral friendly cooperation to another new level so that both sides can remain forever good friends and partners that are sincere and friendly to each other and pursue common development.

When talking about the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, Hu said that this Forum plays an important role in strengthening the bilateral group dialogue and conducting pragmatic cooperation. Since the China-Africa Summit is to be held in Beijing in 2006, both sides will have the opportunity to exchange extensive views on the issues of common interest and discuss matters of vital importance on the bilateral friendship.

Mwanawasa expressed his full agreement with Hu's positive comments on the bilateral relations. He reaffirmed that the Zambian government resolutely pursues the one-China policy and would like to make joint efforts with China to keep closer the friendship and cooperation between both sides. He indicated that he was delighted to attend upon invitation the Summit of China-Africa Forum to be held in Beijing next year.

The two heads of state also talked about the issue of the reform of the UN. Hu noted that China and Africa are good friends and partners that share weal and woe with each other. We understand the concerns of African countries on the reform of the UN Security Council, respect the Ezulwini consensus and support the efforts to prioritize the increased representativeness of developing nations especially the African countries in the UN Security Council. Mwanawasa indicated that he seriously listened to President Hu's speech just now at the Security Council Summit and thanked China for appealing for more ears to be given to Africa's voices. He emphasized that the African countries would like to maintain close consultation and coordination with China on related issues.

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