China’s top diplomat kicks off West African tour in Cape Verde

5 January 2006

Cidade da Praia, Cabo Verde, 5 Jan – Li Zhaoxing, China’s foreign minister, starts a five-nation tour of West Africa at the beginning of next week in the Cape Verdean capital, Cidade da Praia, media in the archipelago have reported.

Among items on the agenda of Li’s talks with senior officials in Cape Verde will be the government’s desire for Beijing to give financial and technical support to the building of a new national stadium on the island of Santiago.

The granting of working visas for Chinese professionals, particularly doctors, will also be discussed by Li with Praia officials and Beijing’s No. 1 diplomat will be presented with a plan for Cape Verde to be made a hub for the re-export of Chinese goods to Africa, according to local media.

Chinese cooperation has funded a number of high-profile projects in Cape Verde in recent years, including the building of a new parliament and the drought-prone islands’ first dam at Poilao on Santiago Island.

Li, who is also visiting Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Liberia, is the second Chinese foreign minister to visit Cape Verde since its independence over 30 years ago. (macauhub)