ACCRA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The visiting Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Zhou Tienong lauded Ghana here on Friday as one of the best examples in Africa for its political stability and national and ethnic unity.
In his meeting with Ghanaian Vice President John Dramani Mahama, Zhou said that China and Ghana had enhanced political mutual trust, made fruitful results in cooperation in culture, people-to-people exchange and other areas.
"We have maintained close cooperation in coordinating international affairs. And I think it is fair to say that now our bilateral relations have been developed in a fast and a stable way, " Zhou told Mahama.
China attached great importance to the friendship and cooperation with Ghana and other African countries, said Zhou, who arrived here on Thursday night with his delegation for three-day friendly visit.
The Chinese official said through an interpreter that he was impressed that, after entering the new century, Ghana and China had enjoyed fresh developments in their bilateral relations, culminating in the visit to China in September last year by Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills, which pushed the mutually beneficial friendship between China and Ghana to a higher level.
In his response, Mahama told the Chinese guest that Ghana and Africa were grateful to China for many things.
He agreed that since the establishment of bilateral relations between China and Ghana over 50 years ago, the bilateral relations have continued to grow, not only in the political sphere, but also the cultural sphere.
"Apart from the political relationships, recently in the economic sphere, our relations have been growing quite rapidly, and trade between our two countries has expanded exponentially. China has rapidly grown as one of Ghana's biggest bilateral development partners," the vice president observed.
Ghana is the second stop of the Chinese delegation, which paid an official visit to Zimbabwe.
Zhou and his delegation is scheduled to leave for Benin on Sunday.