Li Changchun (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with Pagan Amum, secretary-general of South Sudan's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)
BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leader Li Changchun vowed on Friday to cement friendly relations with South Sudan's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), to boost healthy and stable growth of China-South Sudan ties.
Li, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the pledge while meeting with a delegation led by Pagan Amum, secretary-general of South Sudan's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).
Li said China was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with South Sudan since the country was founded in July this year.
Hailing the good start of bilateral ties, Li said China fully respects the rights of the South Sudanese to choose their political system and development path.
"We are willing to further enhance political trust and win-win cooperation with South Sudan on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, to promote long-term, healthy and stable growth of our relations," Li added.
Concerning party-to-party relations, Li said the CPC and SPLM, as ruling parties, bare the same historical tasks of enhancing governance capabilities, boosting social and economic development and improving people's livelihoods.
Under the new circumstances, it is of vital significance for both parties to further consolidate and develop their relations, he said.
The CPC is ready to cement friendly cooperation with SPLM, Li added.
In response, Pagan told Li that South Sudan regards China as a sincere friend and strategic partner.
He said South Sudan hopes to learn from the CPC's governance experience, and facilitate bilateral substantial cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, resources development, culture, and education, he said.
Pagan also said he appreciates China's support for South Sudan's efforts regarding national independence and sovereignty.
China recognized South Sudan as an independent country on July 9 this year.