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Chinese, Ghanaian Leaders Exchange Congratulatory Messages on the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

2010/07/05

On July 5, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao exchanged congratulatory messages with Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Hu in his message said that on July 5, 1960, Ghana became one of the first African countries south of the Sahara to establish diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China. Over the past 50 years, Hu said, the friendship between the two countries has weathered various tests in the changing international situation and enjoyed a stable development thanks to the hard work of several generations of leaders from both sides. Hu also said both countries, with similar bitter historical experiences, are currently facing the tough tasks of developing their economies, maintaining stability and promoting people's livelihoods. It is China's established policy to advance the bilateral friendly cooperative ties of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and common development, Hu said. The president said at the new historical starting point, China is willing to work with Ghana to benefit the two countries and their peoples by boosting pragmatic cooperation in various fields, expanding the cultural exchange and non-governmental contact, and enhancing coordination on multilateral affairs.

Mills said that the two countries have succeeded in nurturing their bilateral relations over the years in a spirit of friendship, understanding and cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries. He said Ghana deeply appreciates the sustained support and assistance of the Chinese government for his country's economic and social development. Mills also said he is confident that the cordial relations that exist between the two countries will be further strengthened as both sides address new opportunities for cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

On the same day, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also exchanged congratulatory messages with his Ghanaian counterpart Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni.

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