|Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes
hands with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai during a welcoming ceremony
Hu hosts for Karzai at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of
China, on June 19, 2006. (Xinhua photo)|
|Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes
hands with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai after they sign a treaty on
good-neighborliness and friendliness, in Beijing, capital of China, on
June 19, 2006. (Xinhua photo)|
BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The presidents of China and Afghanistan signed a treaty on friendly cooperation here on Monday and pledged to strengthen cooperation on security matters.
The two countries will exert joint efforts to fight the "three evil
forces" of separatism, extremism and terrorism as well as transnational crimes,
Chinese President Hu Jintao said in talks with his visiting Afghan counterpart
Hamid Karzai before signing the treaty.
"China will substantially implement the treaty in a bid to
substantiate and cement China-Afghanistan all-round cooperative partnership," Hu
Hu spoke highly of the progress of China-Afghanistan ties, expressing
his appreciation for the Afghan government's emphasis on bilateral relations and
its adherence to the one-China policy.
He noted that, with the concerted efforts from both sides, the
China-Afghan relations have progressed well since the establishment of the new
"The two sides share frequent high-level exchanges of visits,
fruitful cooperation in various fields and good coordination on international
and regional issues and we are satisfied with that," Hu added.
Hu reiterated that China respects the social system and development
path chosen by the Afghan people and will support the Afghan government's
efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial
integrity, maintain social stability and develop the economy, promising that
China will actively participate in the reconstruction process.
Hu said China will expand cooperation with Afghanistan in economy and
trade, transportation, telecommunication, agriculture, water resources
utilization as well as education, cultural exchanges and human resources
"China is also willing to offer intellectual support for
Afghanistan's social and economic reconstruction process and improve cooperation
on education, culture and human resource development," Hu said.
China values the communication and coordination with Afghanistan in
international and regional affairs, and is willing to cooperate within
multilateral frameworks such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Hu said.
Karzai said that China, an important neighbor of Afghanistan, is
playing an important role in Afghanistan's reconstruction.
Afghanistan welcomes Chinese companies to take part in its economic
development, and is willing to maintain long-term good-neighborly relations with
China, Karzai said.
He also expressed his appreciation for China's firm political support
and economic assistance, which have made a major contribution to the country's
The Afghan government will continue to uphold the one-China policy,
and is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in international and
regional affairs and to be a bridge for China's cooperation with central Asian
countries, Karzai said.
Karzai arrived in Beijing on Sunday evening, kicking off a four-day
He is also scheduled to tour northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region. Enditem
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