|Han Qide(L), a special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao and vice chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee presents a gift to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 10, 2012. (Xinhua/Yuan Qing)
ENTEBBE, Uganda, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday said his country would work with China to achieve greater development in bilateral relations in the next 50 years.
Museveni made the pledge when he met with Han Qide, special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao and vice chairman of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, at the State House in Entebbe, 40 km south of the capital city Kampala.
The president expressed his gratitude to his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao for sending a special envoy to attend the celebrations of Uganda's 50th independence anniversary and requested Han to convey his warm regards to President Hu.
He said he appreciates China's action of establishing diplomatic relations with Uganda just nine days after Uganda's independence from the British colonial rule.
For the past 50 years, Museveni said, Uganda and China have enjoyed excellent relations without any problems. The two sides have seen fruits of close cooperation in safeguarding national sovereignty, developing their respective economies and promoting regional and international peace.
Museveni said Uganda has benefited from the cooperation with China and hopes to extend its thanks to the Chinese friends for their great support and help for Uganda's national development.
He said Uganda highly appreciates China's great achievements in national development and its important role in international affairs. Uganda will always adhere to the one-China policy.
On behalf of President Hu, Han conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes to Museveni and expressed his warm congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the Uganda's Independence.
Han said, this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Ugandan relations. Over the past 50 years, both sides have adhered to the principle of sincere friendship, mutual respect and assistance and win-win cooperation.
Han said the bilateral relations have stood the test of times and that the two countries have had closer cooperation in recent years in the fields of economy, culture, education and health.
Han said China always views Uganda as good friend and long-time partner and is willing to work with Uganda to bring bilateral cooperation to a new level.