BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu
Jintao begins five-nation tour next week which, after his first stop in the
United States, will take him to Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya from
April 22 to April 29.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a
briefing here Friday that Hu will pay his first visit to Saudi Arabia as
president and hold talks with King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz.
It will be the second time the two countries' top
leaders have met this year.
The King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz visited China in
January, which was his first overseas trip since ascending the thrown in August
Saudi Arabia is a major influential power in the
Middle East and Gulf region and in Muslim society, Yang said. China and Saudi
Arabia established their diplomatic relations in 1990.
The two sides share the same or similar views on
regional and international key issues and have cooperated on international
affairs, Yang said.
Saudi Arabia is China's largest trade partner in West
Asia and North Africa with bilateral trade reaching 16 billion U.S. dollars in
Hu's third stop will be Morocco, which forged
diplomatic ties with China in 1958. He will confer with King Sidi Mohammed and
other senior officials.
Yang hailed China-Morocco relations and cooperation
in all fields, especially their economic and trade ties.
China-Morocco trade increased by 28 percent year on
year to reach 150 million U.S. dollars in 2005. The two sides were expected to a
ink series of agreements in such fields as trade, culture, health care and
sanitation during Hu's visit.
Hu Jintao will next travel to Nigeria, where he is
expected to hold talks with his counterpart Olusegun Obasanjo and meet with
senior legislators. He will also deliver a speech in the Nigerian parliament on
Sino-African relations and China's policy on Africa, according to Yang.
China and Nigeria formed diplomatic ties in 1971. The
two countries' bilateral relations have witnessed fruitful cooperation in such
fields as agriculture, infrastructure construction, power generation and
Sino-Nigerian trade hit 2.83 billion U.S. dollars in
2005, up 29.6 percent year on year. The two countries also carried out effective
cooperation in counter-terrorism and peacekeeping activities.
The last leg of the five-nation trip is Kenya, which
is an important country in East Africa, Yang said.
China and Kenya founded their diplomatic relation in
1963 and bilateral relations have been going well.
The Kenyan government adheres to the One-China Policy
and has kept close consultation and cooperation on international affairs with
China, Yang noted.
Trade and economic cooperation between the two
countries also keeps expanding. In 2005, bilateral trade amounted to 475 million
U.S. dollars, up 29.7 percent year on year.
Chinese companies inked 830 million U.S. dollars
worth of project contracts up to June 2005 and completed 780 million U.S.
dollars in sales volume, according to Chinese statistics.
The two countries also carried out fruitful
cooperation in tourism, culture and education, Yang said.
The first Chinese Confucius Institute in Africa
opened at the University of Nairobi and some 10,000 Chinese tourists visited
Kenya in 2005.
During his stay in the country, Hu will hold talks
with his counterpart Mwai Kibaki and visit the United Nations Human Settlement
Program and the UN Environment Program which are based there. Enditem