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Premier Zhu Rongji Met With Cameroonian Premier Peter Mafany Musonge

2002/09/02
On August 30, Premier Zhu Rongji held talks with his Cameroonian counterpart Peter Mafany Musonge. Zhu expressed his gladness to visit Cameroon, a beautiful country with vitality. Although the visit was short, he has been deeply touched by the profound friendship from the Cameroonian government and its people to Chinese government and its people.

Zhu said that since the establishment of Sino-Cameroonian diplomatic relationship in 1971, friendly ties between the two countries have been developing steadily. The two countries have maintained close political exchanges and cooperated efficiently in the fields of economy and trade, culture and education and public health. Zhu said that both China and Cameroon have the same or similar viewpoints on major international issues, and share many common grounds and interests. Zhu added that as developing countries, both China and Cameroon should support and help each other. China is willing to further strengthen the bilateral friendly and cooperative relations in all fields.

Referring to Sino-Cameroonian economic and trade ties, Zhu said that for a long time bilateral economic and trade cooperation has undergone smoothly with satisfactory results achieved. He said that especially in the recent few years, efforts of the two sides in exploring new forms and fields of cooperation have registered positive progress. In the process of Cameroon's economic development, China, as a developing country, has offered Cameroon the economic assistance within its ability and built a certain number of infrastructure projects under the close coordination of the Cameroonian side. Zhu said that the Chinese side has remitted Cameroon 75% of its due debts to reduce the burden on its economic development. Zhu also noted that on cooperation between enterprises of both sides, the Chinese side has always encouraged and supported capable domestic enterprises to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with Cameroonian enterprises, adding that bilateral trade has made relatively big progress, but there is still a great potential to tap in this regard. He said that as Chinese goods are inexpensive but good in quality and fits the consuming level of the Cameroonian people, Cameroon is expected to import more goods from China so as to achieve greater progress with striking positive balance in bilateral trade.

Extending welcome to Zhu for his visit, Cameroonian Prime Minister Musonge said that Premier Zhu's visit to his country is a major event in the history of Cameroon and China relation, which is bound to broaden prospects for traditional cooperative ties between the two countries. He said that both peoples have understood and sincerely treated each other, and established deep friendship. He added that the Cameroonian government highly appreciates the selfless assistance by the Chinese government over the past years and hopes to expand such friendly cooperation in all areas
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