Special Report: President Hu attends Outreach Session of G8
Backgrounder: Key facts
about G8 summit
Backgrounder: Toyako, venue
for 2008 G8 summit
SAPPORO, Japan, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President
Hu Jintao held talks here Tuesday with his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki
on bilateral relations and the situation in Zimbabwe.
The two leaders are in Japan to attend outreach sessions of the ongoing Group of Eight (G8) summit.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki in Sapporo, northern Japan, July 8, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
China-South Africa relations have maintained the
momentum for comprehensive and in-depth development in the past year, President
Hu said at the meeting.
There has been further expansion in trade and
investment, and fresh headways have been made in bilateral cooperation in areas
such as culture, education, science and technology, and health and tourism, he
The two sides have offered understanding and support
for each other on major issues of respective concern and maintained close
coordination in international affairs, he added.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and China is
willing to join hands with South Africa to lift the bilateral strategic
partnership to a new level, Hu said.
The Chinese president's remarks were echoed by South
Africa's Thabo Mbeki, who said he will continue to push forward the bilateral
strategic partnership and is looking forward to his visit to China.
On the issue of Zimbabwe, the South African leader
said the fate of the country should be determined by the Zimbabwean people, and
Article 7 of the UN Charter should not be cited to impose sanctions on the
south-central African nation.
African countries maintain that the political parties
of Zimbabwe need to reach an agreement on a unity government through dialogue
and cooperation to defuse the current crisis, added Mbeki.
Hu expressed China's concern over the situation in
Zimbabwe and his hope that the parties concerned will patch up their differences
through dialogue and restore national stability at an early date.
He said China respects and values the stance of
African countries, and expects the international community to increase positive
efforts to facilitate the solution of the Zimbabwe issue.
Hu also lauded the steadfast efforts made by
President Mbeki to promote a proper resolution of the political crisis in
During the meeting, President Mbeki also offered his
condolences to the victims of the recent devastating earthquake in southwest
China's Sichuan province, and wished the Beijing Olympic Games a great success.
The Chinese president arrived here late Monday for
the Outreach Session of the Group of Eight summit scheduled for Wednesday in the
northern Japanese resort of Toyako.
Leaders of China, India, Brazil, S
Africa, Mexico meet before G8 outreach session
SAPPORO, Japan, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Leaders from China,
India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico gathered in Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido,
northern Japan, Tuesday to exchange views on the issues of common concern.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and leaders of the other four
developing countries were meeting on the eve of an outreach session of the Group
of Eight (G8) summit, slated for Wednesday in the northern Japanese resort of
Toyako. Full story
Chinese president leaves for G8 summit
BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao
left here Monday afternoon for Japan to attend the Outreach Session of the Group
of Eight (G8) Summit, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.
Hu's entourage included Ling Jihua, member of the
Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director
of General Office of CPC Central Committee, Wang Huning, member of the
Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and director of Policy Research Office
of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang
Jiechi, Minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission
Zhang Ping, Minister of Agriculture Sun Zhengcai, Minister of Commerce Chen
Deming, Director of the President's Office Chen Shiju and Assistant Foreign
Minister Liu Jieyi. Full story
Japan summit to test G8 leaders on
climate change, world economy and security
TOYAKO, Japan, July 6 (Xinhua) -- When the leaders of the
Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations gather in Hokkaido, Japan, this week
for their annual summit, they face the challenge of showing greater resolve to
fight global warming, remedying the world economy and easing tensions in the
world's hot spots.
The host country Japan has put talks on climate change
high on the agenda of the meeting in the northern resort of Toyako, building on
the outcome of last year's summit in Germany, where leaders agreed to seriously
consider a target of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Full story
G8 summit opens with focus on Africa
on Day 1
TOYAKO, Japan, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The three-day summit of
the Group of Eight (G8) kicked off on Monday with the first session bringing
together leaders of the industrialized nations and their counterparts from seven
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who is playing host
for the G8 annual gathering, greeted other G8 leaders and the African leaders at
the start of a working lunch at the hilltop Windsor Hotel in Toyako, a resort
town on the northern island of Hokkaido. Full story