Chinese president vows to increase aid to Africa
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Special reports: President Hu visits five Asian, African nations

Chinese President Hu Jintao met his Malian counterpart Amadou Toumany Toure.
Hu vowed to increase aid to African countries and cancel part of their debts.
The two leaders signed cooperative deals and gave a briefing to the media.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) meets with Malian President Amadou Toumany Toure in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
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    BAMAKO, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao Thursday vowed to increase aid to African countries, cancel part of their debts, and expand trade with and investment in these countries.

    Hu made the statement while meeting with his Malian counterpart Amadou Toumany Toure.

    Hu, making his first visit to this western African nation, was accorded a 21-gun salute in a welcome ceremony before the two presidents started talks.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) and Malian President Amadou Toumany Toure (L) review the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
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    This is Hu's second African tour since the landmark China-Africa summit in 2006 when Hu announced eight measures to promote ties with Africa, including massive tariff cuts and debt exemptions for scores of African countries, and doubling aid to Africa over a three-year period.

    Hu said that as the world financial crisis has posed severe challenges, it is of greater significance to step up China-Africa solidarity and cooperation.

    "China is paying much attention to African countries' difficulties and concerns as the global financial crisis has begun to take a toll on Africa," Hu said.

    "We would like to increase communication and exchanges with Mali and other African countries so that together we will tide over the crisis," Hu said.

    Following their talks, the two leaders signed cooperative deals and gave a briefing to the media.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L, Front) shakes hands with Malian President Amadou Toumany Toure (R, Front) after signing agreements in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
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    Hu arrived here Thursday after concluding a state visit to Saudi Arabia.

    "Both countries have achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields over the past 49 years. China cherishes its ties with Mali and would like to enhance our friendship and cooperation," Hu said in a written statement upon his arrival.

    The visit is aimed at consolidating friendship, deepening cooperation, dealing with challenges and seeking common development, Hu said.

    From Mali, Hu will travel to the three African countries of Senegal, Tanzania and Mauritius.

 

Chinese, Malian presidents meet on bilateral ties

    BAMAKO, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Malian counterpart Amadou Toumany Toure met here Thursday for talks on deepening bilateral ties.

    Chinese diplomats said Hu and Toure were expected to exchange views on strengthening the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. Full story

Chinese President starts state visit to Mali

    BAMAKO, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Malian people waving flags welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao on his arrival on Thursday in the Mali capital of Bamako on his first visit to this western African nation.

    Hu was received by his Malian counterpart Amadou Toumany Toure at the airport and by big crowds lining the main streets of Bamako. Full story

Editor: Yan
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