China’s foreign minister says Cape Verde stands as example in relations with Africa

8 March 2006

Beijing, China, 08 March – China’s foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing, said Tuesday that Cape Verde was an example to be followed in terms of relations between China and Africa.

“China and the African countries are going to build a strategic partnership which leads to political support, mutual economic benefits and a very close cultural relationship,” Li said in Beijing.

“Our relationship with Africa is a very important part of China’s foreign policy,” the minister said adding that cooperation between China and African countries, “has been successful in many areas.”

“That cooperation has led to development in the countries involved, served the interests of both sides and of common development,” Li said.

Li visited Cape Verde last January, where he signed a cooperation agreement including an interest-free loan of US$2 million to be used in the archipelago’s health sector.

Cooperation between China and Cape Verde dates back to April 1976, almost a year after the country’s independence from Portugal (July 5, 1975).

Since then, Cape Verde has received economic and technical support from China, including eth construction of Government buildings, the National Assembly and the National Library, amongst other projects.

China is currently building Cape Verde’s first dam, on Santiago Island and the two countries are negotiating the construction of other dams and a national stadium to be built on the outskirts of the capital. (macauhub)